Living Streets’ annual Charles Maher Award recognises an individual, Local Group or organisation that has campaigned to get more people walking in their area.

And this year's winner is Brenda Puech of Hackney, London.

Brenda Puech wins the 2019 award

Brenda is recognised for transforming a parking space outside her home into a mini park - or ‘parklet’ - creating a game-changing innovative use of street space which was immensely popular and eventually led to parklet permits being made legal in her borough in East London.


News: National award for woman who put the park into parking

More about Brenda's story and parklets

Brenda blogs for Living Streets

Hackney parklet

About our award

The Charles Maher Award was created by Living Streets to commemorate long-standing member and campaigner Charles Maher who left a significant legacy to the charity.

Previous winners

The 2017 award went to Morag Rose of the Loiterers' Resistance Movement in Manchester.

There was also a commendation for the Walking For Health team from Wincanton.

You can view their acceptance speeches here.