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It’s a green light: Charity-run Camden Garden Centre cleared to re-open

Manager hopes loving care has saved the plants

14 May, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Peter Hulat at the Camden Garden Centre

LAVISH green-fingered love has meant the plants held at a charity-run Camden Town garden centre have managed to survive the coronavirus lockdown so far.

Peter Hulat at the Camden Garden Centre in Barker Drive has been cleared to open again as part of the easing of restrictions on movement. “We are back open – and we have been carefully looking after our plants, watering them, keeping them healthy. It has taken a real effort but meant we have not lost too many.”

The centre, which is run as a charity offering horticultural training for disadvantaged people, was forced to close six weeks ago.

Mr Hulat said that growing nurseries who supply garden centres had suffered greatly.

He added: “The end of March, April and May are our busiest times – it’s like the high street at Christmas. It has had a huge effect on business, but hopefully we will get through it as we are not quite at the end of the main season for buying plants.”

The centre is operating a strict one-way system and social distancing rules for customers.

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