Garden centres preparing for life after lockdown

Cardwell Garden Centre in Gourock has installed protective guards and a one-way system.

They have missed the peak of their season, but garden centres are preparing to open their doors next week as the lockdown finally begins to ease.

One centre getting ready to welcome customers is Cardwell Garden Centre in Gourock, Inverclyde.

They will have a one-way system in operation and protective guards in place at checkouts.

This company believes the pandemic will cost it around half a million pounds.

Kieran Gallagher, a director at Cardwell Garden Centre, told STV News: “The fact that we can reopen, the fact we can do a certain level of trading, it enables us to have that cash flow and to keep the business moving along.

“There’s no way to claw that money back, that trade’s gone now, all we can do is make sure our business survives through this pandemic and we can at some point regroup and get the business back to where it belongs.”