HortWeek Twitter survey finds majority want garden centres to reopen during coronavirus crisis

Flagging that thousands of plant nurseries could go out of business after garden centres were closed down by the UK Government to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the survey asked: should garden centres be opened?

Of 127 responses, 56.7% wanted garden centres to open again after they shut on 23 March because of coronavirus lockdown.

Celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh, Peter Seabrook and David Domoney have called for garden centres to open to help people through the crisis and save the industry this spring.

Respondees comments included that opening on a "click and collect" basis only might be the best option. Others said social distancing and limiting people entering is good enough for all the other shops that are open and with gardening's benefits to wellbeing, garden centres should be classed as essential.

Other said to open plant nurseries, as big garden centres sell clothing and 'knickknacks' which are non-essential.

But another respondee said in a life and death situation, it was "having a laugh" to suggest garden centres should re-open.

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