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Coronavirus: People are buying plants and seeds from Welland Vale Garden Inspirations in Uppingham in case of self-isolation

People are snapping up plants and seeds from a garden centre in case they have to self-isolate from coronavirus.

Although there has been a 'drop off' in the number of customers at Welland Garden Inspirations in Uppingham, director and owner Annie Burns, said people were still buying items.

“It’s something that has been coming for a week or so," she said of Prime Minster Boris Johnson's announcement for people to avoid 'non-essential social contact'.

“There’s been a drop-off in the number of customers in our café and in the garden centre too.

“People are still buying plants and seeds though so if they do need to self-isolate, then they have a project to work on."

The garden centre is offering free delivery within a 25-mile radius to anyone who is self-isolating or in confinement.

Annie, who owns the centre with her partner Charlie Thomas, added: “As people are self-isolating, we feel it’s important to help them.

“As the weather improves, people will want to start work on their gardens and we are fully-stocked for the upcoming harvest.

"We are just doing all we can to support our customers and staff during this time.”

She did warn though that if a total lockdown was enforced, it would 'crash a lot of businesses'.

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