Gardens closed, set to reopen 1 July
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Our four Gardens – the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - will reopen on Wednesday 1 July, providing local communities with the opportunity to reengage with nature and enjoy the health and well-being benefits of access to the outdoors.
In line with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on “Scotland’s route map through and out of the current lockdown,” and reflecting her update in Parliament today (Thursday, June 18) well-considered strategies have been developed to create a safe environment for visitors and staff at Inverleith, in Edinburgh; Benmore, in Argyll; Logan, in Galloway and Dawyck, in the Scottish Borders.
Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE says: “We look forward to welcoming back visitors to all four Gardens. This connection with the environment is vital for the well-being of all. With the safety of our staff and visitors remaining our prime concern, we have amended operations on all sites to introduce measures that should build trust and confidence. Lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone, caution is widespread and life will remain away from what we regard as normal for some time. Travel restrictions remain in place and, for the immediate future, all four Gardens will be restricted to welcoming their local communities. However, this is a first hugely important step in our return to extended outreach.”
Simon Milne said: “It is heartening that visitors enjoyed following us online while the gates were closed and we hope they will continue to do so. However, the benefits of real time interaction with the natural environment are unsurpassable. We ask for everyone’s patience, understanding and support as we resume operations steadily and in a way that works for everyone.”
The health and safety of visitors and staff remains a top priority. With this in mind, we will be implementing new measures to protect everyone:
- Visitors will receive a warm welcome at a distance.
- There will be hand sanitiser units at Garden entrances.
- There will be protection screens at receptions.
- PPE will be available for our staff.
- There will be helpful, directional signage within the Gardens.
- Toilets will be open but please observe maximum limits.
- Visitors will be asked to observe two metre physical distancing in line with Scottish Government guidelines.
A new and important measure for the reopening of the Edinburgh flagship Garden will be the introduction of time slots tickets, to be booked in advance by visitors. While admission to the Garden remains free of charge, this temporary method of entry will enable staff to limit the number of visitors accessing the Garden at any one time. The Glasshouses will remain closed initially and the Garden will be open from 10am-5pm. Capacity will be limited to 2,000 visitors a day.
More details about the reopening of our Gardens and details of how Edinburgh visitors can book an advance time slot ticket will be announced on our website and social media platforms on Wednesday 24 June.
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