CARDWELL Garden Centre bosses have welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to allow their business to re-open from Thursday 28 May.
Drew Gallagher, managing director of the centre near Gourock, said: “It’s the correct decision to allow garden centres to re-open and we’ll be doing so as soon as we’re allowed to.
“Allowing garden centres to re-open helps Cardwell to bring our staff back to work from furlough and also benefits our customers.
“After such a lengthy lockdown, it’s important to sow the seeds of getting back to some mind of normality and garden centres can help do just that.
“Gardening is an ideal activity during lockdown, as it’s therapeutic, gets people out in the fresh air, keeps them active and if they’re doing some gardening, they’re staying at home.
“But people need the materials to do their garden -– like compost, seeds, plants along with other essentials like tools and equipment -– and the expertise and advice our staff can pass on them.”
Drew added: “We’ll obviously be introducing measures to ensure the comfort and safety of both our customers and staff. Social distancing is vital in the fight against the spread of coronavirus and this won’t be a problem for Cardwell to operate safely.
“We have lots of spacious areas in the centre –- unlike some supermarkets and large discount stores –- and it won’t be a problem for customers to keep a safe distance from other visitors. We’ll have plenty direction signage and floor markers for people to follow.
“We’ve plenty of quality plants and flowers both from our own nursery and outside suppliers, which we have been delivering to customers who have been using our online store which we began on April 25.
“You could say that it’s all systems grow now Nicola Sturgeon says we can re-open.”