A glimpse into how The Alnwick Garden is looking ahead of reopening next month

The Alnwick Garden is in tip top shape ahead of its reopening next week.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 7:00 am

Photographer Jane Coltman was given a sneak peak to see how the attraction is getting ready to welcome the public back from Wednesday, July 1.

A host of measures are being put in place to ensure the attraction complies with social distancing requirements.

For the foreseeable future, The Alnwick Garden will also become a cash-free environment.

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Online booking is also essential.

Its website states: ‘After careful consideration we have made the decision to limit our daily visitor numbers to less than 50% of our capacity, as well as introducing timed entry slots to reduce potential queuing on entry to The Garden.

‘You will also see that several entrances, exits, doorways and routes have changed on our site to safeguard social distancing.

‘Please follow the one-way routes where applicable. If you need to double back, please do so at the earliest juncture instead of turning around as this compromises the safety of other visitors.’

Gardeners Richard Elliott (right) and Calvert Allison (left) tend the delphiniums at The Alnwick Garden which will reopen on July 1. Tickets must be booked as numbers will be limited. Picture: Jane Coltman

The Gift Shop and Plant Centre have temporarily relocated and will only be accepting card payments.

Access to The Treehouse will remain closed at this time.

There will be limited toilet facilities available, these will be cleaned every 20 minutes for your safety.

The food and drinks offer will be limited and will be takeaway only. Picnics will be allowed.

The Ornamental Garden at The Alnwick Garden. Picture: Jane Coltman

The Poison Garden will be open but there will be no guided tours.

Its swinging benches are being thoroughly sanitised twice a day. Visitors are asked to use the sanitisers available at the top of the Cherry Orchard before and after use.

At this time the children’s tractors will be unavailable.

If you have booked a time slot for Adventure Golf please follow the signage on the one-way system to the golf kiosk (unless otherwise directed) where a member of staff will greet you. If you have not booked tickets and wish to play limited slots may be available, but visitors are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Gardeners Richard Elliott and Calvert Allison check over The Alnwick Garden. Picture: Jane Coltman

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