Garden centres across the country are geared up for an influx of customers as they are allowed to reopen from today (Wednesday 13th May).
In a statement, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said, “We welcome the news that garden centres will be allowed to open from Wednesday in England. This is a hugely positive economic move and hopefully this will be confirmed tomorrow night by the Prime Minister. Based on the specific comments we have seen from government sources; it is good to see that they have recognised that the physical layout of many garden centres with large open-air spaces make them suitable for early re-opening. This is something we have highlighted many times to government at all levels since the start of lockdown.
“As this is the peak of the garden industry season – 70 per cent of plants are sold between March and June – opening garden centres now will be welcomed by the 23 million gardeners in this country and the UK garden industry. We hope the news of reopening from Monday in Wales and Wednesday in England is a sign to come for the rest of the UK.”
The HTA has produced Safe Trading Guidance, which covers all aspects of how garden centres can re-open while ensuring staff and customer safety at all times. James Barnes, chairman of the HTA added, “We know there will be a huge surge in demand. We would ask customers not to rush to retailers and buy more than they need.”
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