Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has this week announced that a beach in Berwickshire has been recognised for the high standard of facilities it provides to visitors.
Coldingham Beach has been recognised for, among other things, keeping sand litter free and providing excellent information and clean facilities.
It is the first time ever that the Borders beach has received the prestigious Scotland’s Beach Award - a newly launched accreditation for beach management in Scotland.
Celebrating some of the best managed beaches in the country, Scotland’s Beach Award has been introduced by Keep Scotland Beautiful as a quality benchmark for the provision of facilities to visitors along Scotland’s coastline - from toilet provision to maintaining beautiful promenades and secluded bays.
Focussing on local environmental quality, the award is designed to complement the work currently undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on bathing water quality, as well as the RNLI’s work on beach safety.
The award aims to encourage the enhancement of all Scottish beaches as well as improving the economic and aesthetic value of the coastline for local communities and visitors alike.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This brand new award focuses on the local environmental quality of Scotland’s beaches - from litter free sand to the provision of information for visitors.
“Beaches are an important asset to communities and their economies. As a year round facility, it is vital that our coastlines are maintained to the highest standards and continue to attract visitors from near and far.
“It is greatly encouraging that so many beaches have received an award. Environmental quality needs priority attention and we will continue our work to support organisations efforts ensure that Scotland’s coastline offers a great day out.”
It is further praise for Coldingham, following a ‘good’ rating for its waters under the newly introduced, tougher European Union water quality measurements earlier this month.