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RHS Wisley remains open during coronavirus pandemic

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RHS Wisley remains open during coronavirus pandemic

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:06pm 21st March 2020.

All RHS shows, garden events and school visits have been cancelled due to coronavirus, but gardens including RHS Wisley are still open. 

It is the first time the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled since the Second World War. 

The Royal Horticultural Society made the announcement following the latest government advice on the coronavirus pandemic which includes social distancing and avoiding mass gatherings. 

The following RHS Shows are now no longer taking place this year:

  • RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show, 7-8 April 
  • RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 17-18 April 
  • RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
  • RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May 
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May 
  • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, 26-28 June (we will investigate if RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show can be moved into July)

Ticket holders are being given a full refund. 

The four RHS Gardens including Wisley, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Harlow Carr and RHS Garden Rosemoor –remain open.  

RHS Libraries at Vincent Square, RHS Garden Wisley and RHS Garden Harlow Carr are all now closed. 

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says:

“As with everyone, we have no crystal ball, but for the time being we are planning our Summer Flower Shows and our Gardens remain open, as they are large outside spaces where people can escape in open space and benefit from some tranquillity and beauty, surrounded by nature – all things that are much needed during these unsettling times.  

“Things of course may change, but whatever decisions we make, safety will be utmost in our mind and we will, like the rest of the world, be monitoring the situation closely.”

The society hopes that the following events will still go ahead as they are planned for later in the year: 

  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, 6-12 July 
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 22–26 July 
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show, 5 – 9 August
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show, 14 – 16 August
  • RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, 8– 13 September 

But the society says "we will continue to follow Government advice and will update you immediately if this changes."

 

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