Despite the government allowing garden centres to reopen since the start of June, we have remained closed since lockdown began.
As you may know, I run the nursery as a side-line to our main business, Lush Garden Design. Throughout the Coronavirus situation, the garden design business had to take priority. On top of that, Keith, Katy and others who help out at the nursery have been self-isolating or dealing with homeschooling, so my usual levels of support are not there at the moment.
Plant supply from trade nurseries was also severely affected, especially during March and April, and they have not yet returned to normal. That is the reason we were unable to offer bedding plants or make hanging baskets this year.
Reopening in July
After the Government’s announcement yesterday that the lockdown has been partially lifted, we’ve been asked when we are going to be opening again.
I’ve decided to reopen for one day per week, Sundays only, from 12th July onwards (unless we’re told otherwise).
Opening times have also changed – they’ll be 10.30am–4pm, every Sunday until the end of September.
I’ll be taking the recommended precautions regarding social distancing, etc. Please be aware that although I can take card payments at the nursery, they are not contactless, so I’ll be sanitising the card machine before and after each use.
Parking arrangements at the Village Hall car park remain unchanged.
I haven’t decided on whether to open on the August bank holiday yet – I’ll let you know.
I won’t have the caravan open this year, so sadly that means no teas or homemade cake. But I do hope to begin again with refreshments in 2021.
I hope to see you (from a safe distance) for the rest of the season!