BROWNSEA Island has scooped two silver trophies at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

An award for customer service went to volunteer Geoff Curtis, while the National Trust, which owns the island, took the silver trophy for the tourism activity, sport and experience category.

The trust now has the chance to take the island forward to the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in May.

Claire Dixon, visitor service and experience manager, said: “Geoff is a marvellous example to all of us.

“He consistently demonstrates an exceptional customer care standard for everybody on the island and is an outstanding volunteer who has already been recognised as the Tourism Superstar for Dorset.’ The other silver award was presented to the Trust for offering an outstanding experience to visitors to the island, using a report from a mystery shopper who scored the island highly.

Claire added: “They said the welcome was the best they had ever received with great attention to detail and the guided walk leader had offered an interactive and fun tour.”