Scottish garden presenter dies

Colleagues and industry remember much loved Beechgrove presenter

Former Beechgrove Garden presenter George Barron has died, aged 91. He joined up with Jim McColl in 1978 to present the BBC Scotland programmes. His down-to-earth approach made him one of Scotland’s best-loved TV gardeners, drawing more than a million viewers each week. He retired in 1984 but McColl still hosts the show today. He has described Barron’s death as “the end of an era”. He said: “George was a wonderful colleague and will be sorely missed — you can’t buy partnerships like that.” # The industry is also mourning the death of lichen hunter and urban ecologist Oliver Gilbert, who was 69. He was at the forefront of the study of urban wildlife and during his career spent time as a lecturer in landscape ecology, a member of the botany department at Newcastle university and the author of numerous books.

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