Update on our position regarding Coronavirus – Exiting the Lockdown

Following the Government’s announcement on 10 May and the additional information that subsequently has been made available, we have assessed how this affects the National Garden Scheme. We are waiting for further details before we can formulate a precise picture of dates for re-opening of any gardens and other practicalities.

It is clear that whenever we are able to reopen gardens certain fundamentals will have to be adhered to.

  1. It is very likely that there will be a different situation in Wales to England and we will take that into account
  2. Social distancing will remain imperative, as will a restriction on numbers to avoid crowding
  3. Beyond households, who we are able to meet up with currently is still very restricted

Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our garden owners and volunteers and for the coming weeks there will be many of them who for a variety of reasons will not be able to take part in any garden opening or associated activity.

In addition, there will be a number of gardens whose size, restricted access, or parking complications make it impossible for them to open while we are in the period of exiting lockdown.

For those gardens that are able to reopen and are willing to do so, the system we are proposing which best addresses the requirements listed above is pre-booking online for a timed visiting slot. Each garden will decide with us the maximum number of visitors in a day, how many hours they can be open and how long a visiting slot will be.

We will update this holding statement with more details immediately information from the government enables us to do so.



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