A little long grass goes a long way for wildlife

With reference to the complaints about the state of cemeteries in the town I do sympathise with people who feel the graves of their loved ones are being neglected.

At the same time there is a huge benefit for wildlife in leaving the grass to grow during May.

According to the Church of England churchyards are important habitats, especially in urban areas. I think the same can be said for cemeteries.

While it might look a little unkempt for a while, as long as people don't have to step on the graves to move about I don't think it hurts. I'm quite sure the dead don't mind.

Margaret Dawson

William Morris Way

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Covid is here to stay

Boris Johnson is keen to get Britain back to normal and wants to lift the last few lockdown restrictions.

But the new Indian Delta Variant has made that impossible and some restrictions on our every day lives must continue.

Covid-19 is not a hoax. A million people have long Covid in Britain and some of the damage done by the virus could be permanent.

Even if it were possible to stamp Covid-19 out in Britain to would still be circulating around the world.

Covid-19 is here to stay. Masks and social distancing are the new normal

Only people fully vaccinated have the hope of normal lives again.

Steve Halden

Beaufort Green


Join in Diabetes Week

There are 4.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, and 13.6 million people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

It is a serious, relentless condition which, regardless of type, can bring with it many challenges.

Everyone experiences diabetes differently and this Diabetes Week (14th – 20th June 2021), we’ll be telling people’s #DiabetesStories from all corners of the UK.

We’ll be looking back on an extraordinary year and looking forward to what’s to come. And, above all, we’ll be celebrating the incredible diabetes community.

There are lots of ways people can get involved during the week itself, from designing posters to organising community events.

There will also be plenty of activity on Diabetes UK’s social media channels – including a film telling the story of the last year for the diabetes community, by the community.

You’ll find more information about our plans for the week, and how you can get involved, here: diabetes.org.uk.

So, let’s come together this Diabetes Week and tell our #DiabetesStories – to help raise awareness of what life with diabetes is really like, and show other people living with diabetes that they’re not alone.

If you have any questions regarding your diabetes, or need extra support, you can call our Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or email us at helpline@diabetes.org.uk.

Phaedra Perry

Regional Head Diabetes UK South West

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