Devon heroes from all walks of life have been acknowledged at the Exeter City Futures Pride of Devon Awards, organised by Radio Exe. At the prestigious event at the Devon County Shows Vice Presidents Pavilion, the 15 winners and their guests enjoyed a glamorous ceremony hosted by Radio Exes Paul Nero and Judi Spiers.

Among those picking up awards was Mark Elliott of North Devon, who won the Environmental Award that our team sponsored:

The beavers on the Otter have focused national headlines on East Devon. As Devon Wildlife Trusts wetland ecologist, Mark Elliott played a central part in bringing beavers back to Britain. Mark wants to use wetlands not just to protect wildlife, but to ensure communities are protected against the extremes of climate change, such as the contrasting problems of flooding and droughts. He’s studying the role of wet grasslands in storing and gradually releasing water, as well using the Eurasian beavers to manage and create new wetlands that hold back water.

But Mark’s not just interested in water and beavers. Originally he became interested in reptiles and amphibians and at one stage worked with Siamese crocodiles, but not in Devon. Since then, he’s been at the Environment Agency and a natural resources officer with a local authority.  Today with his work with the Devon Wildlife Trust, he’s a true champion of Devon’s environment.

Catherine Hill of Exeter City Futures says:

The Pride of Devon Awards are a truly valuable award programme that highlights the efforts and achievements of Devon’s unsung heroes and exceptionally unique people.