It is not the start to 2021 that we had hoped for, but we are pleased that the Botanic Garden can remain open under the latest Government guidance, to allow our Friends, neighbours and University staff and any students that are in the city, access to a beautiful green space in the city centre for exercise and fresh air.
The COVID safety measures that we put in place in 2020 have set us in good stead to continue to confidently welcome visitors and protect our staff. Entry to the Garden is with pre-booked tickets only, so that we can control the number of people onsite. We have also reduced the number of tickets available each day to ensure everyone’s safety, with tickets being released each Thursday for the following week.
As always, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our priority and so we ask that everyone follows the latest Government guidance at all times.
Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Garden, says: “As always, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our priority and so we ask that everyone follows the latest Government guidance at all times. We are lucky to have a big site where it is always possible to find a quiet spot, but we ask that if people do choose to come to the Garden for their daily exercise, they ensure they keep two metres apart from anyone not in their household or support bubble.”
The Garden’s Glasshouse Range and Shop are closed and the Café is open as a takeaway only serving warming hot chocolates, coffee and fresh food.
Enjoying CUBG from home
For people further away, we will be offering virtual updates of the Garden with our Wellness Wanders, which will be coming every fortnight from Wednesday 13 January. In these short videos, our Head of Horticulture, Sally Petitt, shares what’s new in the Garden, and at this time of year, there’s more to see every week.
We will be posting regular news updates from the Garden on the website and social media (@CUBotanicGarden) via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We have also launched our adult Winter online courses and workshop programme, with a wide range of courses in horticulture, botanical art, garden history, creative workshops and plant science and identification, which anyone of any ability can take part in from the comfort of their own home.
We thank everyone for their continued support of the Garden and hope you remain safe and well during this challenging time.