UK: Calls for garden centres to close during lockdown to help "save lives"

Garden centres might be keeping their doors open during England's third lockdown, but one owner is urging the industry to remain closed to help "save lives" and "keep staff and customers safe".

Chris Bonnett, who runs Bonnetts Garden Village in Brentwood, believes that nurseries should only open to the public if they are selling essentials such as pet food and fuel.

"I'm urging garden centres who are choosing to remain open not to be short-sighted and lose the essential status they've been fortunate enough to receive," said Chris, who also runs "We took the decision to close our garden centre before the new lockdown was announced to help in the battle to prevent spread, save lives and to keep our staff and customers safe."

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