Garden centres: Are garden centres still open?

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Easter Bank Holiday starts on Friday, with four days off work for some lucky Britons. A popular bank holiday activity for some is to head out into the garden and do some long-awaited improvements. But if you’re in need of supplies – can you head to the garden centre?



Are garden centres still open?

With the spread of coronavirus, the Government has placed the UK on a lockdown – with only essential shops open.

Garden centres do not fall under the essential shop category, and so will not be open.

However, if you are looking to get gardening supplies there are some options.

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Garden Centre opening hours: Are garden centres open? (Image: GETTY)

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Garden Centre opening hours: Garden centres are classed as non essential so are not open (Image: GETTY)

You can click and collect from B&Q and Wickes which are classed as essential due to being hardware stores, however, click and collect takes a day or so to process.

Stores for B&Q and Wickes are closed, except for customers to collect their ordered items.

B&Q and Wickes have cautioned customers who are collecting orders to abide by the social distancing guidelines.

Some ‘essential’ stores which have remained open have rules in place, such as one customer per family, keeping two metres distance from one another, and card only tills.

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Garden Centre opening hours: Gardening could be fun for all the family this bank holiday (Image: GETTY)

The only facilities which can stay open are:

  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Medical services (such as dental surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics, physiotherapy clinics, chiropody and podiatry clinics, and other professional vocational medical services)
  • Pharmacies and chemists, including non-dispensing pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Corner shops and newsagents
  • Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Post offices
  • Vehicle rental services
  • Car garages and MOT services
  • Car parks
  • High street banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off points where they are on the premises of any of the above businesses
  • Public toilets

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Shopping centres may stay open but only units of the types listed above may trade

The opening hours of the above may vary over the bank holiday weekend, with trading hour restrictions in place.

Britons cannot go outside except for essential reasons, including to buy groceries, attending key jobs or undertaking one portion of exercise.

The Government has issued warnings stating Britons should abide by the rules over the bank holiday, despite the temptations the warm weather may bring.

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Garden Centre opening hours: You can still click and collect from B&Q and Wickes (Image: GETTY)

Heading into the garden to tackle weeds, mow the lawn or just spend some time in the sun is allowed.

Bank holiday Met Office forecast

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “The Easter weekend starts dry and warm for many with temperatures possibly reaching as high as 24C in parts of London and the south-east on Bank Holiday Friday and Saturday also.

“As the weekend continues there is an increasing risk of showers, some of which could be heavy or thundery.

“By the start of next week, although it will be drier and sunnier again it will definitely feel cooler with temperatures reaching the mid-teens at best.

“Many of us will see plenty of dry, settled weather with sunny spells next week, with the driest conditions most likely in central and northern areas of the UK.

“Temperatures look likely to be slightly above normal with the warmest conditions likely in the south.

“There will be a return to a risk of frosts overnight in places, especially in central and northern areas.”

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