Visitor Guidance & Garden Opening Timetable 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming you back into our gardens
Our Garden Openers will each have conducted a risk assessment according to the guidance set out by the Scottish Government for the Tourism Sector to prepare their garden for re-opening.
As a garden visitor, we would appreciate your assistance with a few items:
Check the website Before setting out to any garden opening, please check our website HOME page and then the specific garden’s information page (found under FIND A GARDEN) for any relevant updates, cancellations or changes to booking arrangements.
Bring plenty of change While some gardens may operate cashless entry system, other garden owners will ask you to put your donation into a bucket and change will not be available.
Stagger your arrival time Traditionally most visitors tend to arrive around the start time. But we wish to have a more spread-out flow of visitors and you can assist by arriving at various times through the opening. Many of our garden openers have extended their normal visiting hours this year to help with this.
Practice physical distancing We are carefully planning each opening to avoid any potential crowding and may use ticketing for timeslots as appropriate. However, if overcrowding does occur unexpectedly, you will be notified on arrival by signage or by one of our volunteers. Please bear with us and be ready to cooperate with any requests to delay your visit.
Wash your hands Please practice good hygiene during your visit and avoid touching surfaces where possible. Sanitiser will be available at most gardens but please do bring your own if you have it.
Please remember to follow the latest government guidance regarding travel & meeting others -https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Timetable for phased relaxation of restrictions based on Scottish Government’s COVID protection levels - these may be subject to change; please note that we are following Government advice that Gardens are permitted to open. (Last updated 20 July.)
19 July 2021 - All of Scotland is now at Level 0 (follow link to see what you can and can’t do)
Up to 15 people from 15 households may socialise outside - this could be used as a rule of thumb for smaller gardens
Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 1000 people. (nb our openings are not grouped standing events but a useful indication of what is allowed)
‘Takeaway’ refreshments may be available at some gardens, at the discretion of the garden owner. We do not advise offering sit-down catering, indoor or out.
Please maintain social distancing of a minimum of 1m
Please maintain good hand hygiene
We would encourage mask wearing at entry points or cash desks and to be respectful of the safety of others at all times.