The Royal Horticultural Society have closed all of their gardens from today in response to large crowd descending over this past weekend.
After careful consideration we have taken the sad decision to close our four RHS Gardens from today until further notice. We’re sorry for the disappointment this will cause and we will re-open to visitors as soon as Government advice allows, and when we feel it is safe to do so.
The National Trust have also closed access to all of their open spaces for the same reasons.
We’ve closed our parks and gardens to restrict the spread of coronavirus, as well as, built properties. Many of our car parks for countryside and coastal locations are now likely to be closed. We urgently request people to stay local, observe social distancing and to not travel.
– National Trust
Kew Gardens in London have followed this new trend and closed their gardens.
As part of the UK’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, we’re sad to confirm that we’re closing the gates of both Kew and Wakehurst until further notice. Thanks for your patience while we’ve come to this difficult decision.
– Kew Gardens
The National Garden Scheme which raises money for charity by opening private garden is also closing its operation for Spring 2020.
In the current crisis the National Garden Scheme is advising all its gardens not to open today or until further notice.
Parks within London have also started closing from today after large crowds and cyclists, similar to a Bank Holiday, descended on Richmond Park. It is feared that if the public don’t follow the guidelines to stop gathering then the UK will enter official lockdown.
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— Urban Pictures UK (@Urban_Pictures) March 22, 2020