With social distancing guidelines in place, anyone fortunate enough to have a garden at home should utilise it as best as they can. Of course, you may not have spent much time in your garden this year, as the weather was miserable for the first few months of the year.
Therefore, if you can spend time in your garden, this is the ideal time to make improvements and prepare your garden for summer. If you need gardening equipment, you will be pleased to know that a local Greenwich gardening centre is still open for business.
You can grab your gardening products from a local source
Alan’s Plants Garden Centre, at 76 Woolwich Road, is open for business in the current circumstances. Any customer who is social distancing can arrange delivery, ensuring you receive all the gardening equipment and plans you need without leaving your home.
The centre is also able to provide a service at the store, although strict rules are in place. People must follow social distancing guidelines, and Alan’s Plants Garden Centre has strict rules for customers to follow.
The centre operates limited hours right now, so it is best to check their site for updates as to when they are open. Also, customers shouldn’t attend the garden centre without a pre-booked appointment.
There is a strict one person or couple in and out policy. All team members will be wearing gloves and masks at all times and will be sanitising regularly to ensure they are protected.
Customers will be provided with a 15-minute time slot in the store, and there will be a one-way system in place. Customers are asked not to touch the plants. Instead, customers should note what plants they wish to buy, and a team member will collect them.
Purchases will be collated and presented to the customer at the exit of the store. Payment should be made by bank transfer only; the centre isn’t accepting cash or contactless payment. Any customer who doesn’t comply with the regulations will be asked to leave the store.
Companies must follow recommended guidelines
While some people may believe these rules are strict, it is good to see a local company providing a service, and ensuring their team members and the public are protected.
We know that many people are reviewing their options as to what to do for the best right now. It is good to support local businesses, but there are also some industries which require support. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has spoken out about the potential waste of £200m worth of seasonal plants due to the shutdown.
Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh has spoken on the topic, saying; “This means not only a loss of billions of pounds to the UK economy and of thousands of jobs but, more than this, it will decimate an industry that will be unable to recover for the foreseeable future. Without it (a call for Government support), our gardens and open spaces - a vital source of solace and nutrition to those at home - will suffer irreparable damage.”
If you are looking for guidance on the housing market or local matters, please get in touch. At Hunters Greenwich, we are keen to provide as much support and guidance as we can in the local community, so please contact us today.