Coronavirus Advice for Gardening During UK Lockdown, Explained

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Corona Virus Gardening

Last week Boris Johnson announced that certain businesses and venues were to shut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in order to reduce social contact and the spread of Covid-19.

But can gardeners continue to work? Here’s everything you need to know.

Boris Johnson said people should avoid all social gatherings outside, and should practice social distancing by standing 2 metres away from people at any given time.

At the moment, gardeners can continue to work, but only if it is safe to do so and where they can maintain social distancing.

Social distancing measures are steps that you can take in order to reduce social interaction between people, including staying two metres apart from people when at the supermarket or at the pharmacy for example. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What are the alternatives for gardeners?

While a lockdown is in place, some professional gardeners are also opting to deliver online garden design advice and courses rather than visiting properties.

Garden design meetings via video calls, allow clients to take designers on a virtual tour of their gardens.

Gardeners may also hold online courses for those who want to learn more about growing vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Please head over to Good Gardening Videos for some great gardening online tutorials, tips and guides.

Testing times

With the closure of 2,000 garden centres and nurseries due to COVID-19 pandemic comes at the worst possible moment for producers at the beginning of the peak March-to-July gardening season.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Alan Titchmarsh described the “heartbreaking stories” of “an industry that is going to be brought to its knees.

“This three-month period, particularly between late March and beginning of June, is what [the industry] is all geared for,” he said.

“We know what we want to do as gardeners – cheer up our gardens, our live, improve our mental and physical health.

“Particularly during the coronavirus, we desperately need that kind of respite from this life that is not like any life we’ve ever known.

“And to be able to get out garden, grow things is a huge part of our physical and mental health and well-being.”

Keep safe and your well-being

Staying home and venturing out only when needed, and practising social distancing is key and the only way we will reduce the rate of new infections.

To keep your mental health in check you can still use your garden freely, considering it is a part of your own property and not a public place where risk of infection is heightened. Think about if you have any jobs around the garden, like cleaning the patio, weeding or mowing down the grass.

Take this downtime to learn new gardening tips from online sources and whilst garden centres are closed, explore using online garden stores for example Green Gardner or Primrose to order tools and seeds to plant to keep your garden ticking-over till the summer and safer times come back around.

Stay safe and healthy

Posted by Concept Research on 1 Apr 2020

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