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Most people have been unable to go far during the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK; some have been unable to get out at all. Many of us are lucky to have gardens so, even with the necessary restrictions on movement and travel, we have been able to enjoy fresh air and a certain degree of exercise. Others are not so fortunate. It seemed to me it would be a bit of fun to share our gardens – a kind of virtual open garden event, if you like. It’s a minor departure from A Bit About Britain’s normal material, but these are unusual times.
So here is the first, brief, video episode in a three-part series showing A Bit About Britain’s garden as a work in progress during April 2020. Not being very experienced at this kind of thing, the filming took several attempts. However, the weather was unusually wonderful. As I had been ill for several weeks, I had been unable to get out at all until later in the month. I soon learned that gentle gardening was part of the recuperation therapy – and ‘gentle’ wasn’t exactly the adjective I would have chosen. But, in between bouts of wheezing, it was exhilarating just to be outside, enjoying the sunshine; I was immensely grateful to be able to experience it.
Anyway, look out for a few little friends – and, of course, for Parts 2 and 3. These videos will appear on A Bit About Britain’s Facebook and Twitter pages using #opengarden, #lockdowngarden . Join me and post your own photos and videos – it strikes me as a bit of fun to share images of humble patches from around Britain, and beyond.
There is also an understandable trend for photos and videos of grand showcase gardens on social media at the moment. Normally open to the public, like heritage attractions, they are all dressed up with no one to admire them – and they will be suffering a drop in revenue, as are so many other businesses. A Bit About Britain will be doing what it can to share their posts on Facebook and Twitter and continue to promote places to visit in Britain, and things to see, ready for when society opens up again.