The award was established in 1998 and recognises actions by people and organisations who have made the the experience of walking the South West Coast Path more pleasurable.
No award has been made since 2009. The 2009 Annual Award went to Toby Lowe, Senior Countryside Officer (west) of Cornwall Council, and Jon Brookes, Property Manager of the National Trust. This award recognises and conveys the Association's appreciation for their efforts to restore the path in West Penwith following a devastating torrential storm causing extensive damage last April. Properties were left stranded due to tracks being completely washed out. Footpaths were obliterated and five bridges were lost. As a result several miles of the South West Coast Path were closed.
Cornwall Council and the National Trust were faced with an enormous challenge to get the Coast Path re-opened. This they did, with the assistance of RNAS Culdrose, within 8 months.
The Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association, Eric Wallis, presented this special award to Toby Lowe, Senior Countryside Officer (west) of Cornwall Council, and Jon Brookes, Property Manager of the National Trust. This award recognises and conveys the Association's appreciation for work upon the South West Coast Path that makes the walking of it more enjoyable.
Eric Wallis (SWCPA Secretary) presents the award to Toby Lowe, Cornwall Council (left) and Jon Brookes, The National Trust (right).
2004 Brian Muelaner the National Trust
2003 Col Nutting, Ministry of Defense
2002 Chris Monk Cornwall County Council
2001 Gordon Wellington Seaton Hole, South Devon
2000 Freddy Wedderburn (and others), Sidmouth Devon
1999 Sue and Mervyn Venn, Cornwall
1998 Derek James, Coastal Officer, Plymouth
[No awards were given between 2005 and 2008.]