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Plans to plant 40,000 trees near Beamish

Tyneside and Wearside have some of the lowest levels of woodland in the country.

There's now a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to plant thousands of trees at a site near Beamish.

The area is already home to a small forest- with hopes it will soon be growing in size.

Ross has been to find out more.

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New 'old' shops open at Beamish Museum

The region's most popular museum, Beamish, has just opened something brand new... but still very old.

A new photography shop and chemists were opened at Beamish Museum, based on old shops on Elvet Bridge in Durham a hundred years ago.

See them here in Frances Read's report:

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Beamish can be virtually viewed around the world

Virtual visitors from around the world can explore the North East’s most popular museum since Beamish has been added to Google Street View.

Beamish brings the region’s past to life - but the latest 21st century technology has been used to capture 360? panoramic images of the County Durham open air museum.

The Google Street View car and a trekker, carrying a special backpack camera, toured the period areas including 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway, 1900s Town, Fairground, 1900s Pit Village and 1940s Farm.

The work was part of Street View’s Special Collects Programme, which provides panoramic imagery of unique locations across the world including museums, heritage monuments and national parks.

Among the famous landmarks and world heritage sites captured for the project are the Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The trekker device records places that vehicles cannot reach and was first used to capture the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The Beamish Street View images can be found here

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