We at Candide hope that you are well and keeping busy in your gardens! While the world is a bit unpredictable, we thought we would bring you some ideas about how you can support yourself and others.
Support local growers
Working in the garden has never felt more beneficial for our mental health. Nurseries have been growing plants for months ready to go into your garden this spring but given the cancellation of many events and festivals, Candide are currently adding every UK and Irish nursery into the Candide Map so you can find top quality growers fast.
Alternatively, hop over to the Marketplace where you can find wonderful plant and gardening supplies from people happy to courier to your door.
Chris Beardshaw explains why it's even more vital to support local growers, right now.
Keep public gardens going
In an ordinary March, you might be visiting gardens, smelling spring blooms and discovering new places. These public gardens have had to close, but Candide wants to help keep their business remain strong for when we're all back outside looking for gardens to visit. Help us to help them by sharing your thoughts on what we can do in these three quick questions.
Candide’s CEO Andrew Philbrick said, “These are obviously extremely challenging times for everyone in the horticultural industry, and we want to do everything we can to keep the season blooming. We are delighted to offer free support, video advice and creative solutions to help nurseries, private gardens and garden event organisers through this difficult time.”
Share your garden joy
Candide is a community. We all support each other and in sharing your garden experiences within the app it lights up people's day. Reach out and say hi, there are a whole bunch of people out there who share your passion.
If you want to go a step further, share a plant through Marketplace! Rosy Hardy of Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants has the best tips we've ever seen on sustainably packing plants to post.
While most public gardens have closed, Michael Gove has confirmed on Tuesday (24/03/20) morning that people across the country can still go to their allotments, as they count as physical exercise. So as long as you keep a healthy distance from other people, you are welcome to tend to your vegetable and fruits.
While the government says allotments are fine to visit during this period, many had to take the decision to close, as their insurance does not cover pandemics. So check with your allotment whether they will be able to keep their doors open.
If you work in horticulture and your income has been affected by the closures, you might want to consider seeing if a local farm needs your help.
Some 70,000 seasonal workers are usually required annually on British farms – with many coming from overseas. But travel restrictions and tighter border controls are having a significant effect on the number of people able to travel to the UK.
How you can help
We urge Candide users to stay safe and enjoy their garden if you can. Ellen Mary has put together a guide through which you can find new ways to experience nature from your home and you can now participate in a #21gardendays challenge straight on Candide!