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Open the garden centres!

Blog | By Harry Mount | Apr 27, 2020

Green shoots (Credit: Jaguar)

Here's hoping garden centres will be the first businesses to open as the lockdown is lifted.

During lockdown, surely it should be fine to ‘click and collect’ plants. But this isn’t allowed under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

Once garden centres are open, it should be pretty safe to allow restricted, socially distanced numbers into them – particularly the big, open-air ones.

And what about the threat to current stock? Colin Campbell-Preston, owner of Capital Gardens, with five garden centres in London and the Home Counties, says, ‘Trees and shrubs will be fine as these are being looked after. Bedding plants will need to be replenished. Vegetable plants are in short supply but we are getting new plants in now to try and fulfil orders. But the supply chain for seeds and vegetable plants is now under severe strain.’

Still, he says, nurseries are longing to start planning and growing crops again.

Bring on the green shoots of recovery!