Gales Carry out tree inspections but also check structures for damage. Glasshouses and conservatories may be in need of urgent glazing works. Check polytunnels for damage and tension if necessary.
Paperwork & plans For many gardens, but especially those in the South West, gale damage may still need to be cleared. Trees with their roots in waterlogged soils may have toppled and decisions will have to be taken as to how the timber might be used. Update garden records and plans when you get a moment and record areas of the garden/estate where standing water indicates that there might be a requirement for drainage, aeration or a change in visitor flow.
Keeping the public safe If you suffered a lot of damage, visitors may be the last thing on your mind. Nevertheless, they do provide the income. Safety must take priority. If the garden is closed for safety reasons, make sure it is clear that there is "no admittance". Gardens that are open must pay attention to car parks, paths, terraces and walkways — making sure that all surfaces are clean, functional and safe. Bring the events calendar up to date and add in other local events and festivities in case there is an opportunity to link in. Easter (18-21 April) is fast approaching and plans should be in place for visitor attractions, including fun elements to bring children into the garden.
Pests Slugs are a major problem and should be dealt with quickly.
Kitchen garden Where the weather has had little effect, use cloches and polythene to warm up cold soils.