The National Garden Scheme reopened its gardens in England yesterday.
Measures have been taken to comply with social distancing and other government guidelines. For instance, all gardens have a system of pre-purchased tickets for a timed slot at the visitor’s garden of choice. Tickets must be purchased via the National Garden Scheme website.
Numbers of visitors per timed slot will vary from garden to garden, depending on size. These and all other relevant details can be found at a garden’s entry on the website.
Gardens will not offer teas or other refreshments. At some gardens where there is sufficient space, people will be allowed to bring their own picnics. All buildings will be closed and access to toilets will only be provided in an emergency and so long as it does not involve access to a house.
Currently all gardens in Wales remain closed, although the National Garden Scheme is in correspondence with the office of the First Minister.
George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Garden Scheme comments: “We are delighted that we are able to open the gates of some of our gardens in England and welcome people. Right now our gardens are blossoming into their midsummer glories and so it is wonderful that our garden owners can share them with visitors.”.