Anglian Water’s Rutland Water Park has won a Green Flag Special Innovation award from Keep Britain Tidy. 

The Special Innovation award celebrates new and pioneering ideas that improve communities and their relationship with the local environment.

This year Rutland won the award for its approach to access to open water through the provision of Rutland’s very own inland beach and the Open Water Swim programmes on offer at the reservoir, which made it stand out from the other nominations.

The beach at the reservoir’s North Shore at Sykes Lane and has attracted lots of visitors since it opened. Now, both the beach and swimming area are open every day during the summer holidays, with lifeguards on duty, making it the perfect place to entertain the children.

Anglian Water, which owns the site, has transformed the shore near its Sykes Lane Visitor Centre with four hundred tonnes of sand covering a 140-metre stretch of shoreline, and a newly-created 2,800 square metre swimming area.

Jake Williams, Head of Parks and Recreation said: “We are extremely proud to be able to win this special award, alongside flying the Green Flag for another year. The water park is a wonderful asset to Rutland and the surrounding area – there is so much to see and do whether you love getting out in the water at our beach or open swim events, fishing, wildlife watching, or just spending a day out with the family in a beautiful tranquil spot.

“What makes this award even more special is our reservoirs were created to provide water for millions of households and provide a home for wildlife, but Rutland’s inland beach means it’s a great place for people to enjoy themselves as well.”

The beach will reopen in July 1st and for the second year running the extremely popular Aquapark will also be returning at the end of May.