Garden centres

This time of year is critical for garden centres. If they do b not seen their own and their suppliers' stock in the next few weeks, they will go under. Garden centres can operate like supermarkets, with social distancing and control over numbers. Further, some of what they sell is food, or will grow into food.

Why the contribution is important

To let garden centres open up now would give encouragement to the population at large that the Scottish government is really intent on easing the lockdown when it it prudent to do so.

by Bill777 on May 05, 2020 at 08:26PM

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  • Posted by tilly_f May 05, 2020 at 20:47

    Couldn't agree more. I can walk round the garden section of B & Q but am not able to do the same at our local garden centre....why not?? Open garden centres and apply the same regulations as supermarkets and DIY stores.
  • Posted by WeeBee May 05, 2020 at 20:53

    I agree - this should be part of the proposed sector by sector asvice
  • Posted by ianrb1109 May 05, 2020 at 20:54

    Gardening is a source of great comfort to many elederly people who are most likely the ones who will be requested to undertake the most stringent lockdown. Allowing garden centres to open in a way that protects both the visitors and the staff would help both economically and psychologically. The most constraining issue will be social distancing at the tills, but most supermarkets have found a way to deal with this by having markers on the floor to indicate distances and by having a one-in one-out princuiple for the payment system.
  • Posted by WeeBee May 05, 2020 at 20:54

    I agree - this should be part of the proposed sector by sector advice
  • Posted by Stephaniekeachie May 05, 2020 at 20:55

    Totally agree open garden centres
  • Posted by coa May 05, 2020 at 21:01

    If DIY stores can open, I see no reason why garden centres can’t. Should be easy to maintain social distancing in a similar way. People have more time than ever before to work in their gardens.
  • Posted by DDrought May 05, 2020 at 21:03

    Being outside in our own garden, if we are lucky enough to have one, is one of the few pleasures we can still enjoy during lockdown. Plant suppliers and garden centres could operate safely, with social distancing requirements. If they don't open, it will take years for them to recover, plants will have to be destroyed or just left to rot, and many businesses will not survive. I totally agree that garden centres should open.
  • Posted by johnrslade May 05, 2020 at 21:07

    Totally agree
    It will boost the green economy sand everyone’s morale
  • Posted by LAM May 05, 2020 at 21:14

    Help the growers and garden centres survive. They can do the same as supermarkets and DIY stores. It is unfair that DIY stores selling plants can open but garden centres selling household goods, per food and food are not allowed to.
  • Posted by Sbryce May 05, 2020 at 22:07

    I agree this is important and would give so much pleasure to those at home. With the same rules as for supermarkets could be done safely
  • Posted by eroomxul May 05, 2020 at 22:13

    I agree. Gardening is one of the few activities available to those of us lucky enough to have a garden. Don't allow this sector of the retail industry to suffer unnecessarily.
  • Posted by Me May 06, 2020 at 21:06

    Keep them closed not essential
  • Posted by catriona May 07, 2020 at 14:38

    shopping for plants could be by click and collect as for food, we may need to grow more of our own fruit and veg and flowers in future
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