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RHS Wisley closed for Mother's Day over coronavirus

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RHS Wisley closed for Mother's Day over coronavirus

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 9:04am 22nd March 2020. (Updated at 9:52pm 22nd March 2020)

RHS Wisley in Surrey will be closed from today (22 March) because of coronavirus. 

The Royal Horticultural Society has made the decision to shut all four of its gardens including their shops and cafes because allowing visitors would make social distancing difficult. 

Earlier this week we heard all RHS shows, garden events and school visits have been cancelled

In a statement, The Royal Horticultural Society said it was a difficult decision: 

"After careful consideration, it is with great regret that the RHS has taken the sad decision to close our four RHS Gardens from today, Sunday 22 March.   
"RHS Garden Wisley, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, RHS Garden Rosemoor and RHS Harlow Carr, including our shops and cafes, will therefore close with immediate effect until further notice.  Our online plant shop, rhsplants.co.uk continues to offer a wide selection of edible and ornamental plants.
"Our utmost responsibility and concern is for the health and safety of our staff, members, visitors and volunteers. Yesterday was a very busy day at our gardens, and we felt we were no longer able to guarantee the Government’s requirement for social distancing. We are sorry for the disappointment this will cause all our valued members and visitors but we will re-open to visitors as soon as Government advice allows, and when we feel it is safe to do so." 

Meanwhile, the National Trust has closed all its parks and gardens as part of moves to help with social distancing.

A statement on its website says;

"From Sunday 22 March, we've sadly taken the decision to close our parks and gardens, in addition to our houses, shops and cafés, to help restrict the spread of coronavirus.

"Many of our car parks for countryside and coastal locations will also have to close due to high demand. We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing. Please do not travel."