Success For Local Conservation Group
Sticklepath and Okehampton Conservation Group (StOC) were chosen by the Mayor of West Devon, Cllr William Cann OBE as clear winners of the 2014 Mayor’s Green Award.
The long running group of local volunteers goes out every week to do conservation work in the north Dartmoor area. Recent projects have included clearing gorse on Ayshe Common, clearing vegetation to reveal Gidleigh Tor and drainage and pathway work on the Tarka Trail near Sticklepath and Belstone. The ethos of the group is to conserve the natural beauty of Dartmoor, enabling members of the public to enjoy what this corner of Devon has to offer. They work with and alongside such organisations and groups as DNPA, National Trust, English Heritage, Devon Wildlife Trust, South Tawton Guides, Gidleigh Commoners and Throwleigh Commoners. StOC will take on tasks as requested by these organisations, and by individual members of the public where appropriate, as long as it supports their ethos.
Nominator, Celia Pitts, said: “StOC is now in its 22nd year and continues with many of its original members. I believe this organisation deserves recognition of all their voluntary hard work and achievements throughout that time.”
The winners will receive their awards at a special presentation event on Thursday, May 1 at the Borough Council’s Kilworthy Park offices in Tavistock.
StOC members come from the whole community and include men and women with Learning Disabilities, many of whom have been with StOC for a number of years and have developed socially through the organisation.
If you’d like to find out more about the group or wish to join them in any of their forthcoming projects, please contact Mike Watson on 01837 840183 for further information. A copy of their work schedule is listed under StOC on the Groups & Committees section of this website.