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Dobbies close their centres this morning
Rainbows of Cheer
Dobbies remain open and social media gets heated
David Domoney gives garden centre delivery services a lift on national radio
Gardening for Children - what a great opportunity for garden centres to help during the emergency
Garden Centres close their doors "We want to be part of stopping the spread of Coronavirus"
Pop up Veg shops - Garden Centres help ease pressure on buying fresh food
Gardening starts to grow as people prepare for long stay at home
Orangutan Books specialise in extremely high-quality bespoke gift books for your Christmas event
For sale - A long Established Garden Centre Business
Notcutts celebrates one million donations through Pennies
Floriculture contributes to public health with #flowers4oxygen
Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020 celebrates another superb day of FUNdraising
BBC Gardeners’ World Live postponed following recent COVID-19 advice
David Domoney urges people to garden during difficult times
Deliveries to customers - another way to help your community
A message from Greenfingers Charity Chairman, Sue Allen
GTN Bestsellers Garden Re-Leaf Subscription Offer
Nursery calls for more centres to sell veg & food
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Thank goodness for gardening
Rapid sales of veg plants
Stockpiling compost – whatever next?
Veg-2-Gro sales caught on the hop
Christmas Grotto Gift Books
The best of last week's
Trading update from this weekend - UPDATED
Rising to the Challenge
100% Business Rates Reliefs for Garden Centres Confirmed
Blue Diamond Awards Shine Brightly
Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020 is a FUNdraising success
Haskins Snowhill re-opens after £15m re-vamp
Garden Centre Photo Tours
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Garden Centres close their doors "We want to be part of stopping the spread of Coronavirus"

It's been a sanguine day in the GTN Xtra office as notification after notification has come in from garden centres who have taken the huge decision to close their doors either at the start of today or as business closes tonight/tomorrow.


At Perrywood, Simon Bourne said "It was a decision based purely on social conscious.  We want to be part of stopping the spread of the Coronavirus rather than possibly contributing to the passing on.


"At the weekend too many customers were using the centre as a place to be rather than just a place to shop and staff were getting increasingly nervous," he added.


The list of centres to announce closures either today or at the end of tomorrow includes:  


Aylett Nurseries

Barton Grange


Ben Reid

British Garden Centres






Knights Nags Hall & Betchworth












The Old Orchard






As I write this update, many more centres are staying open and promoting gardening for kids and arranging deliveries, but they are also planning for the future and a possible lockdown instruction from the government.


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Stay safe and go well.

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Robin Tuppen
At Cuckmere Trugs were are running with a skeleton staff but have closed our retail shop as we, also, want to be part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus. Our staff are still working are doing so at least 3 metres apart most of the time and we have stwo staff off at the moment. We hope to be able to remain open for business via mail order as our garden centre customers close or delay the delivery of their orders.