PICTURESQUE views of a Greenock garden streamed live on social media have helped grow a sense of calm across the community.

Laura Reilly, manager at Belville Garden, has been broadcasting live on Facebook from the biodiversity and allotment space every Friday afternoon.

The 15-minute garden tours encourage people to practice the art of mindfulness - to switch off from their worries and take time out to appreciate the natural world.

Laura started the live broadcasts when coronavirus lockdown hit and over the last few weeks, they have attracted thousands of views.

She said: "Some of our volunteers who were shielding mentioned how much they missed the garden.

"I had been calling them to update them on how things were growing but I just thought it would be nice to actually show them.

"The first one was nerve wracking but it's really taken off.

"It's about encouraging people to take 15 minutes on a Friday, to let go of their thoughts and worries, and to ground themselves in nature."

During the broadcast, Laura asks viewers how they are and how they've been coping in lockdown.

As the comments from people roll in, she responds to questions while going on a tour of the site.

Laura speaks about different varieties of flowers and plants, and looks out for bees and butterflies - all while encouraging viewers to be mindful of their breathing and to relax.

As Belville looks out across the river, Laura also shows viewers what's going on there.

Laura added: "We've had great feedback from people.

"It's good to just take 15 minutes out on a Friday to set yourself up for the weekend.

"We've had an upsurge in volunteering, particularly from people who live near to the garden.

"It's been such a strange time but it's been so great to see the community coming together."