Poole's beaches continue to keep the Blue Flags flying high with awards for four of its beaches, as the winners for the coveted Blue Flag are announced.
Beaches at Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Shore Road and Branksome Chine will once again be flying the exclusive Blue Flag, recognising them as some of the best in the world.
Sandbanks beach continues to reign supreme and fly its Blue Flag particularly high as it celebrates its 29th year as a Blue Flag beach, having first received the award in 1987.
The Blue Flag, awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education, recognises coastal destinations that have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, commitment to the environment and management.
Visitors to Blue Flag beaches can be assured of a great day out and can have confidence that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable with all beaches having to maintain high standards of management, cleanliness and safety.
Councillor John Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "Poole's beaches are a fantastic place for both residents and visitors to enjoy and everyone is tremendously proud that they have once again achieved Blue Flag status.
We are very fortunate to have three and a half miles of beautiful beaches on our doorstep. These awards continue to put Poole on the map as a quality visitor destination and I would like to thank all of our staff and partners for their hard work and dedication to ensure that our outstanding beaches remain world class."
Some of the new initiatives introduced at Poole's beaches this year include planting Marram grass to help regenerate sand dunes, the launch of Safeswim which is run by the RNLI, voluntary beach cleans and also the successful bid for funding for Mobi beach matting to help make Poole's beaches wheelchair accessible.