A lot of you have been contacting me asking why when B&Q can be open, garden centres and other outdoor leisure facilities cannot.
The Government has continued to stress that only essential businesses should be open at the moment, when we meet the 5 criteria on the image below... The Government will begin to adjust the lockdown measures.
These measures will still be strict to try to avoid the transmission of the virus but the aim is to help businesses reopen and allow people to get back to work whilst remaining as safe as possible. This will be done in phases.
It is expected that garden centres and tips will be some of the first places to re-open, with social distancing measures in place. This will allow people to enjoy their gardens without worrying about waste piling up. It avoids the need for people to burn waste in their back gardens and put themselves at risk.
Seeing garden centres not just in Tamworth but more widely across the world, like the tulip fields in Holland being left to rot is incredibly disappointing. It is not something which has gone unnoticed by the Government and we remain keen to re-open public gardens, garden centres and other open air leisure facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, you can be supporting your local garden centres. The Horticultural Trades Association has a list of plant nurseries which are open, offer click and collect or even home delivery. You will see there are a good few in and around Tamworth, so do shop local if you can.
And if you want to enjoy some gardens, keep in mind our Castle Grounds remains open and looks gorgeous at this time of year, you may want to use your daily walk to stroll past the Castle and admire the colourful views. For those shielding and remaining indoors the National Gardens Scheme is running 'virtual' tours of gardens all across the United Kingdom, take a browse!