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RHS gardens reopen after coronavirus lockdown

RHS Harlow Carr's kitchen garden. Picture; RHS/Lee Beel
RHS Harlow Carr's kitchen garden. Picture; RHS/Lee Beel

All gardens open their gates on Monday, June 1 – with restrictions

Following the latest Government advice on coronavirus, the RHS has decided to reopen its four gardens on June 1 at 10am under a pre-booking system.

Staff will be doing everything possible to ensure social distancing measures are followed and visitor numbers will be limited at RHS Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall, Wisley and Rosemoor.

Rosemoor Mediterranean Garden. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth
Rosemoor Mediterranean Garden. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth

Safety measures being implemented:

  • Strictly limited numbers of pre-booked tickets available for each day
  • Restrictions on the number of customers allowed to shop at any one time and a maximum of two people per household allowed into the garden centre together
  • Separate entry and exit points to the gardens and garden centres where possible
  • Floor markings to indicate appropriate distances while queueing in the garden centres and the garden entrances
  • Screens at the welcome desks and checkouts to protect staff
  • Hand sanitiser available to staff and visitors at strategic points
  • Card transactions only – no cash payments.

 

Hyde Hall herbaceous borders. Picture; RHS/Jason Ingram
Hyde Hall herbaceous borders. Picture; RHS/Jason Ingram

Booking in advance essential

It is essential that anyone intending to visit must book in advance for every person visiting. Ticket availability will be limited, and anyone arriving at the gardens without a pre-booked ticket will be asked to book for the next available session.

For more information and to book a visit, log on to www.rhs.org.uk/gardens.

RHS gardens will open from 10am to 4pm daily (garden centres 10am to 5pm daily). Areas within the gardens where it would be difficult to maintain social distancing, such as glasshouses, alpine houses, bird hides and play areas, will remain closed.

If there are any changes to the recommendations, the RHS will take relevant actions immediately.

RHS Wisley's Queen Mother's Rose Garden. Picture; RHS/Clive Nichols
RHS Wisley’s Queen Mother’s Rose Garden. Picture; RHS/Clive Nichols

‘Positive effect on health’

Sue Biggs, RHS director-general, said: “We are delighted that the Government has said it is safe to reopen our RHS gardens because it is proven that spending time outside in green open spaces surrounded by plants has an immensely positive effect on our health.

“We look forward to welcoming our members and visitors safely back from June 1 and to bringing the joy of plants, flowers, trees and nature back into people’s lives, which for so many will be a much-needed tonic.

“We will of course be operating at a limited capacity and will have measures in place to ensure that all safety guidelines are followed because our number one priority is to support the Government’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

“We are concerned that people will not pre-book tickets so a plea from me to anyone planning to visit an RHS Garden is that it is imperative you book a timed slot in advance on the RHS website. Sadly, we will be turning away anyone who hasn’t pre-booked.”

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