The winner of Living Streets Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2020 is Pauline Johnston of Levenshulme in Manchester

Pauline is recognised for her involvement in helping Levenshulme develop the first community led ‘Filtered Neighbourhood’ for the Bee Network, Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman’s active travel plan for Greater Manchester. 

Read more here.

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

Named to commemorate long-standing member and campaigner Charles Maher who left a significant legacy to the charity, our award celebrates the impact and creativity that campaigners have on their local streets every year.


Pauline Johnston

Pauline, middle, with last year's winner, Brenda Puech (left), and Dame Jane Roberts, Chair of Living Streets

Last year's winner: Brenda Puech

Brenda Puech wins the 2019 award

Brenda was 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

Previous winners

2018: Alison Blamire of the Causey Development Trust in Edinburgh

2017: Morag Rose of the Loiterers' Resistance Movement in Manchester


Hackney parklet

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