Open garden centres & nurseries for food growing

More than ever people are concerned about food security. I have already began converting the grass in my small urban garden to food growing. I have had trouble sourcing seeds, veg plants and even compost. B&Q has limited supplies (one hour in a Q to get on the website and 2 weeks for click & collect), whereas garden centres across Scotland are really struggling and may have to close.

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Address food security and small business support by opening garden centres and nurseries.

by LMcAll on May 07, 2020 at 04:02PM

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  • Posted by gillwollers May 07, 2020 at 16:11

    Locally we have independent DIY stores open with social distancing, click and collect etc., which is working very well. I have concerns about bigger retailers opening and not being as vigilant as others
  • Posted by LMcAll May 07, 2020 at 16:54

    It has been very hard to find seeds and growing material from the larger stores as they are always sold out for click & collect. For this reason and to support local growers, the smaller garden centres and nurseries would be allowed to open.
  • Posted by SusanKruse May 07, 2020 at 17:11

    Yes, please open, as long as social distancing is built in. without this, our small garden centres are going to fold. And let's not underestimate the pleasure the gardens can provide
  • Posted by Scotswede May 07, 2020 at 18:45

    There is much benefit to loosening restrictions on garden centres.

    But some caution needed:
    - not all garden centres are equal - whilst many are just plant nurseries, many more are established cafes/shopping experiences/visitor attractions and play parks.

    - Likelihood of a rush on opened garden centres - potential for queues/traffic/difficulty keeping social distancing - queuing traffic a particularly danger where garden centres are located in a rural environment.

    - visits by appointment only (easier to manage numbers/limit traffic)

    - click and collect (already being done by some independent nurseries - again easier to manage numbers on site/limit traffic/allows businesses to manage demand)

    -only plant and garden product sales- no gift shop/cafe/playground opening

    - All social distancing measures in place including limiting to one/two members of the household (allows trips to be semi-essential and not a 'day out', helps to manage patron numbers and enforce social distancing restrictions)
  • Posted by JoysieJ May 07, 2020 at 19:03

    Yes, please open garden centres and shops - allow people to grow more food and help with food security. Also great for mental wellbeing and getting back to nature.
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