The HTA confirms that garden centres in Scotland can continue operation of click and collect, and seeks a date for a review their closed status.
James Clark, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, said, “We are relieved that our members can continue to be able to offer click and collect; this can be operated safely and securely in garden centre car parks, without any need for consumers to enter in to the store.
“While ‘click and collect’ provides a modest commercial lifeline for the industry, we remain nervous while there is still no prospect of a review that will get garden centres reopened for the fast-approaching Spring season. Until that happens, the threat of large-scale wastage and financial damage to the Scottish horticulture industry looms large.
“Garden centres provide large and airy environments, which have been enhanced by the introduction of first-class social distancing measures and we strongly believe that people’s wellbeing benefits from the positive impact of gardening.
“We will continue to put this case to the Scottish Government in a bid to secure the earliest possible return to full trading as possible.”