Hope Beach, Shanklin, one of the favourites in the Environment Agency competition #BeautyoftheBeach — searching for children's favourite Isle of Wight beach. Picture by Dave Brenchley/Scot Shot.
VALENTINE’S Day letters to Isle of Wight beaches have expressed children’s love for them.
The results of the #BeautyOfTheBeach social media campaign run by the Environment Agency and Southern Water, to encourage young people to cherish the coastline, have been announced today (Tuesday).
Since early January, children aged four to 11 have been snapping and uploading some beautiful love letters to @EnvAgencySE.
An EA spokesman said: "The #BeautyOfTheBeach campaign is about showing everyone — local or tourist — what a beautiful asset we have in our beaches.
"If kids can manage to look after their beach, then adults should be able to too.
"We work hard with our partners to maintain and improve the water quality of our beaches for everyone to enjoy.
"In fact, water quality at our beaches is better now than at any time since the Industrial Revolution.
"Of the 14 designated bathing waters on the Isle of Wight, seven achieved 'good’ and seven 'excellent’ status last year.
"Through helping people understand what they can do to keep their beaches clean, we hope to keep up those great results."
Winning entries by beach:
• Compton — Darcy (8) from Newport
• Ventnor — Amelia (4) from Cowes
• Gurnard — Florence (5) from Cowes
• Cowes — Neve (6) from Newport
• Yaverland — Brody (9) from Shanklin
• Shanklin (Small Hope) —Amber (7) from Shanklin
• Sandown — Sylvia (9) from Ryde
• Ryde (Appley)— May (5) from Ryde
You can find the winners for each beach on twitter.com/EnvAgencySE or
The winning love letters will also be displayed at the eight beaches during the summer.