Botanical gardens announces re-opening date

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, is to re-open its doors this week for the first time since closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The independent charity which runs and maintains the 15 acres of grounds with lawns, seasonal borders and Grade II listed glasshouses, is to introduce a phased re-opening tomorrow (Wednesday, June 17).

James Wheeler, chief executive of the Gardens, which is located in Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, said all visitors must book an allocated slot online, which will help to restrict numbers entering and to avoid queues, in accordance with Government advice and best practice.

“We are so pleased to be able to announce the re-opening of the Gardens, in line with Government advice, so that our members and visitors can enjoy our wide open spaces and tranquil environment while maintaining all-important social distancing.

“It’s well-known that having access to green spaces is good for mental health, so it’s never been more important for the gardens to be available. It is why management and trustees have worked hard to ensure that all the necessary health and safety measures are in place for us to welcome people back.

“During the lockdown period, our reduced team of gardeners has been busy maintaining the gardens and undertaking maintenance work, so we’re really looking forward to sharing their hard work with our members and visitors. We’ve certainly missed everyone.”

Last month, the Gardens announced it had received a lifeline £47,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund to help it meet its running costs after closing.

The closure meant the charity received no revenue from entry fees, weddings and conferences.