Covid-19 Friday update

All garden centres to qualify for 100% rates relief

Gilbert Evans have confirmed that Rates relief at 100% for the retail and leisure sectors will be applied to all Garden Centres. The relief will apply for a period of 12 months, effective from the 1st April 2020.  See www.gardenforum.co.uk/news/other/business-rates-garden-centres-reliefs-exemption/.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CoBiLS) explained

Paul Basham explains how the Government is guaranteeing loans so that banks will lend more freely and help garden centres and growers to weather the impact of Covid-19. There are snags, the money would be a loan that will have to be repaid. 

There is also 100% rates relief and cash grants are available for those without interruption insurance.  See the main article.

Garden centres use social media to promote deliveries and isolation points

The Garden Restaurant at Ripleys garden centre will be offering a temporary delivery service to the local community ‘to ensure our loyal customers can still enjoy a delicious meal, as well as our usual sit in or takeaway options for the time being’.

Self-isolating customers can now order by telephone or by email from Wellington Home and Gardens, who will either deliver the order, or have it placed outside at an ‘isolation point’ in their car park. They are offering this service for all gardening supplies including plants, shrubs, seeds, composts, fertilisers, pots - anything you’d normally buy in store.

David Domoney

David will be broadcasting across all platforms on social media a message to encourage the nation to garden during these difficult times and encourage people to keep in touch with their local garden centre. Please find a link to a video https://youtu.be/EWMJZLsr5r8.

Some garden centres closures

Derbyshire farm shop and garden centre closes to protect staff from coronavirus. A farm shop and garden centre near Clowne has closed over fears that some of its elderly staff may be vulnerable to coronavirus. The Barn at Morefruita Farm announced its closure as a precautionary measure to protect staff.

Griffins Garden Centre – ‘The bad news first, temporary closure of our restaurant and café… until this health emergency is under control.

‘Now for the good news… we have decided to keep the garden centre and home store open. We are doing this because the power of gardening will be one of the things that will help people both physically and mentally. It'll give families an opportunity to spend quality time together outdoors and enjoy our natural world.

‘We will deliver homemade bakes and gardening products and plants to people and this is free.‘

FlowerTrials® Board sets 6th April as deadline to cancel or proceed

In the Netherlands, the FlowerTrials Board has decided to wait until April 6th before taking a final decision on whether to cancel the physical FlowerTrials event completely or go ahead, if necessary perhaps in a slimmed down form.

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