Countryfile host Ellie Harrison is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president

Ellie Harrison in woodland
Image caption Ellie Harrison said she was "really proud" to have become president of the trust

The BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison has taken over as president of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Ms Harrison, who was born in the county and lives in the Stroud Valleys, began her tenure with an event for children at a nature reserve near Cirencester.

"Being a naturalist, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is the the charity for me," she said, adding she was "really proud" to have taken on the role.

The former president, Sir Henry Elwes, held the position for 22 years.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust manages 60 nature reserves in the county, covering over 2,000 acres (810 acres).

It has a local membership of more than 27,500 people.

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