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Celebrated horticulturalist backs Ourboretum launch

Award-winning landscape designer Chris Beardshaw backs BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Ourboretum initiative.

Award-winning horticulturalist Chris Beardshaw backs Ourboretum launch

A brand new initiative called Ourboretum, which will see communities grow 2,020 native trees from seed, has been launched by BBC Radio Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

It's in response to the ash dieback disease which is expected to nearly wipe-out Gloucestershire's third most common tree species.

Over the next year, everyone in Gloucestershire is invited to form a virtual arboretum growing healthy saplings which will be used to replace many of the ash trees which are dying.

Celebrated horticulturalist backs Ourboretum launch

Award-winning plantsman Chris Beardshaw gets behind Gloucestershire tree-growing campaign.
A brand new initiative called Ourboretum, which will see communities grow 2,020 native trees from seed, has been launched by BBC Radio Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

It's in response to the ash dieback disease which is expected to nearly wipe-out Gloucestershire's third most common tree species.

Over the next year, everyone in Gloucestershire is invited to form a virtual arboretum growing healthy saplings which will be used to replace many of the ash trees which are dying.

Street pastors: No hugs, but we are happy to listen

Tammy McAllister

BBC News

As venues like pubs and bars reopen, it's not just police who will be patrolling the streets.

In Cheltenham, street pastor Maria Perry will also be on hand to help pub-goers get home safely.

She said: "You don't know how people will react, whether they will be over-keen to get back and celebrate because the pubs are open or if other people wouldn't think it was the right time.

"As a street pastor, myself and the rest of the team will be only too happy to meet anyone who would want to talk to us - we are happy to listen.

"We are non-judgemental, because who am I to judge people? We would love to see people to come up and greet us."

She added that normally people would often come up for a hug on their night out, but due to social distancing this was one thing they would be unable to do.

Ms Perry and her team will be in the town centre for two hours, from 20:00 BST.

Cheltenham Street Pastors
Cheltenham Street Pastors

"I was scared treating the first set of coronavirus patients"

Watch: What it was like treating Covid-19 patients

Hospital staff in Gloucestershire, whose mental health has been affected by the trauma of working through the Coronavirus pandemic, are being offered more support.

The hospital's charity, which has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations, is paying for a clinical psychologist to help NHS workers come to terms with their experiences.

Chief Nurse Prof Steve Hams explained what it was like working at the height of the pandemic.