The Green Sea Programme
As part of the Visit Wales Coastal Tourism Strategy, the Green Sea Partnership/ Green Sea beach improvement has been designed to improve and promote the South West Wales coastline and marine environment.
The Green Sea beach improvement programme in South and South West Wales is being managed by Pembrokeshire County Council with the objective of ensuring the quality of beaches around the coast is maintained and improved in order to provide the exceptional, pristine coastline Pembrokeshire is famous for. The main aims are to help safeguard and enhance the existing coastal environment of Wales in order to improve the quality of the Welsh coast and showcase Wales at its very best.
What's going on within the programme?
One of the biggest tourist attractions of South West Wales is the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where the Green Sea Programme has been providing opportunities for visitors to interact with their surroundings. The National Park runs a huge number of activities and events for adults and children, from rockpool safaris to bat walks; you can even take a walk and time travel through Pembrokeshire's ancient past!
But that's not all: Several other world class locations outside of Pembrokeshire have been marked for improvement by the Green Sea programme. These, along with the Pembrokeshire sites, will be developed with high quality facilities that have full disabled access so everyone enjoying holidays in South West Wales can revel in the beautiful coastline all year round.
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Here in the South West of Wales we're blessed with world class, award winning beaches such as the Gower's Port Eynon, Carmarthen's Pendine and Pembrey and Cardiganshire's Poppit - to name a few!
These massive expanses of beach, cliff and exposed headlands support habitats and species which can be found throughout the surrounding areas.
Such a wide range of wildlife occurs due to a combination of the underlying geology, soil and aspect, as well as exposure to salt, winds and rainfall. Cliffs and headlands exposed to salt laden winds are carpeted in spring with flowers such as thrift, sea campion, sea plantain and spring squill, joined by bluebells and foxgloves later in May. Other common species include bird's foot trefoil, kidney vetch and wild thyme, while grasses such as red fescue form a soft springy turf.
The Welsh Coast Path is a first. Wales was the first country to provide a dedicated National Trail all the way around its coastline, giving access to 870 miles of stunning coastline for walkers of all ages, ability and fitness, opening up a whole world of discovery to a wider audience. In South West Wales we believe we've got some of the best of those 870 miles - come and see for yourself!