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The manger of Diss Garden Centre has thanked its loyal customers and staff who helped it through its own lockdown, as well as its full reopening just over a week ago.

Colin Edwards, who has been manager at the family-run business for 15 years, said it had been a tough time on everybody without gardeners coming into the business.

He said: “We are so pleased to welcome people back in here and it has been so busy this week, with a good first weekend, too.”

Colin Edwards said the last two months had been difficult for staff and customers alike. Picture Mecha Morton.
Colin Edwards said the last two months had been difficult for staff and customers alike. Picture Mecha Morton.

The centre, which has been in Victoria Road since 1976, had been running a very popular click and collect service, as well as home deliveries, since having to shut its doors to the public when the lockdown began.

But with the announcement from Boris Johnson on May 10 that garden centres could reopen, Mr Edwards and his team closed for two days to put in suitable measures.

These include arrows directing people around the centre, plastic screens in the till area and signage all around the centre to remind people about the two-metre distancing rule.

He said: “We wanted to make sure the people that come in and our staff are as safe as we can make them.”

Since the centre reopened on May 13, Mr Edwards said he has had nothing but positive comments from customers, who are glad to see the place up and running again.

He said: “Our customers have said they are really pleased to see us back and we are happy to see them, too.

“It has been a difficult time for our customers and has needed a lot of hard work from our staff, so I just want to say a huge thank you to all of them for their support.”

For more information about Diss Garden Centre and its opening times, go its website or Facebook page.



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