The work of the volunteer group behind the Lavender Trail, South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated, has been recognised at the 2017 Walking Awards.
SARTI has been working on the Lavender Trail since 1999 with the goal of eventually completing the project with its extension to Clare.
Currently the trail begins in Murray Bridge and goes as far north as Euduna, with that stage of the project completed in 2015.
The group was presented with the Special Recognition Award – Group/Organisation at the Awards night held at Plant4 Bowden on October 12.
Originally the trail had been called the Federation Trail to celebrate the Federation of Australia in 2001, however it was renamed to the Lavender Trail in 2004 after the passing of SARTI’s first Chairman Terry Lavender O.A.
The next phase of construction for the trail is already underway with a plan to construct a section from Manoora to Mintaro which will then link to Watervale which is aimed to be completed by the end of the year.
At Watervale the Lavender Trail will link the Riesling and Rattler trails to the Heysen Trail, creating a continuous 1700 kilometre stretch of walking terrain.
It is planned that the Lavender Trail will reach Clare via Spring Gully Conservation Park to mark its finishing point.
The opening of the Truro to Eudunda section of the trial was unveiled with a special event in 2015 which was named a recipient of an Australia Day Award for the best community event in the Goyder Council Region.