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The UK government's current guidelines state that you should only leave your home for "food, health reasons or work (if you cannot work from home)". But you can still make use of your garden!

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Britain is currently in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. In order to slow the virus down, the UK government is urging people to stay at home - although you can still leave the house for the following reasons:

  • Purchasing food and other essentials
  • Going to work (if working from home is not an option)
  • Exercising once per day
  • Medical needs (such as blood donation, caring for others, etc.)

You can also go out in the garden, if you have one - in fact, the government's mental health and wellbeing advice explicitly recommends gardening as a good way to stay healthy during this lockdown.

But don't worry if you haven't got green fingers. There are plenty of things you can do in the garden besides digging, planting and pruning!


5 things to do in your garden during the coronavirus pandemic

Even if you're self-isolating because you (or a member of your household) are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, you can still enjoy your garden as long as you're staying at least 2 metres away from other people at all times.

Here are some outdoor activities to try while the country is on lockdown...

  • Yoga - According to the NHS website, yoga is "a safe and effective way to increase physical activity" and there's some evidence that it can be beneficial for people with "high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress". If you've never done yoga before, now is your opportunity - why not go out in the garden tomorrow morning and try a few rudimentary positions? It's a great way to start the day!

  • DIY - If you've got any home improvement jobs that you've been putting off for months...well, this stay-at-home period is your chance to finally get around to them. Spring is here, the weather's lovely, and sunset is getting later every day, so it's the perfect time to go outside and paint that fence, mow that lawn, tidy up that toolshed, etc.

  • Birdwatching - You don't have to be an avid twitcher with an expensive pair of binoculars to enjoy a bit of birdspotting. Your garden may already be a popular destination for all sorts of bird species...and if not, it's easy to put a bit of food out for your feathered friends and watch them through the kitchen window.

  • Gardening - Few things are more rewarding than growing your own veg or planting some flowers and watching them slowly emerge from the soil. Gardening isn't difficult, and there are loads of guides online that will help you to get started. Who knows? You could be eating all sorts of home-grown goodies by the time this COVID-19 business is over!

  • Reading - We've all got a stack of books that we bought but never got around to reading. Or is that just us? Either way, taking a good book into the garden and soaking up some sunshine while you read is a great way to relax and enjoy your newfound free time.


How long will the lockdown last?

It's difficult to know for sure when the current 'social distancing' measures will be relaxed and things will return to normal.

The current restrictions will be in place until Monday 13 April at the very earliest, but the guidelines are under 'constant review' and there's a good chance they will be extended as more and more COVID-19 cases are confirmed. There's a possibility that some social distancing measures will be necessary for most of the rest of the year - restrictions may even stop and resume several times depending on how things progress and how the government chooses to respond.

One thing's for sure: Brits will be getting a lot of use from our gardens this year!

If you're thinking of adding a deck to your garden, TimberTech's composite decking is the ideal choice - our products require virtually no maintenance, and the splinter-free boards are great for barefoot yoga sessions.

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