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Sheppey's Blue Flag beaches

Published Tuesday 16 May, 2023
Last updated on Thursday 22 February, 2024

Blue flags for Sheppey beaches

Minster Leas and Sheerness beaches will each be flying the prestigious Blue Flag this year.

The beaches are among only 78 sites in the country, and 14 in the South East, to receive the Blue Flag Award.

The award is widely considered to be the gold standard for beaches flying the Blue Flag means the beach has met the highest standards for cleanliness, facilities and water quality.

The two beaches, along with Leysdown beach, also received the Seaside Award. This is Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities, which has been awarded to 128 beaches in the country this year.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said:

“Visitors to a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.

“The Blue Flag is the world’s most recognised award for beaches and marinas and, to qualify, each applicant must meet and maintain a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria.

“We’d therefore like to recognise and applaud all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve some of our best-loved and most popular beaches.

“The collective efforts of beach managers, volunteers, residents and businesses all contribute to the success of these sites in achieving the incredibly high standards demanded.”

The flags will be raised at the beaches later this month

To find out more about local beaches, visit

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