Brenda Puech from Hackney, London has been awarded the national Charles Maher Award – Walking Champion 2019 from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking (awarded on 29 March 2019 at Living Streets’ National Walking Summit).
The award recognises a local group or individual who has gone the extra mile to improve their local community. The award was set up in honour of Charles Maher, a campaigner and longstanding supporter of Living Streets.
Brenda Puech 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.
I am delighted that the community parklet campaign has been recognised in the Charles Maher award. The parklet-permit scheme has the potential to be truly transformative for our streets and communities.