The second national lockdown has meant that non-essential business, shops, bars and restaurants have been forced to close their doors until at least 2 December, but this time, garden centres have been designated as essential retail.
According to guidance on GOV.UK, ‘Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences’ are businesses that are permitted to remain open during the lockdown, as they provide essential goods or services.
Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks have also had to close their doors, but outdoor grounds for these venues can remain open.
The Royal Horticultural Society issued an updated statement saying it intended to keep its garden centres open ‘to ensure that people can continue to garden and grow plants, indoors and outdoors’ and, it’s four RHS Gardens will remain open for visitors too during the new month-long lockdown across England.
During the first UK lockdown towards the end of March, garden centres had to close their doors to the public, which had a detrimental effect on Britain’s horticultural industry.
The Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) said in April that the coronavirus outbreak could cost the UK gardening industry £200 million, as thousands of plants grown for the summer season were set to be binned. Around 650 businesses, many of them family-run, faced a complete loss of income, while others were unable to take on the debt of a government loan.
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