Visiting our Regional Gardens and Staying Safe
Health and Safety
- What health and safety measures are in place to protect visitors?
- You will receive a warm welcome at a distance.
- There are hand sanitiser units at the entrances to the Gardens.
- There are protection screens at all receptions.
- Contactless payments are preferred.
- PPE is available for our staff.
- There is helpful, directional signage within the Gardens.
- Toilets are open but please observe maximum limits.
- Face coverings are mandatory when visiting our shops, visitor centres and are recommended for all enclosed spaces. Please bring a face covering with you. Exemptions include children under five and visitors with breathing difficulties or those with disabilities when wearing a face covering might cause distress or communication problems.
Toilets and other facilities
- Are refreshments available on site?
The cafes at Logan and Dawyck are open daily and a takeaway catering service is available at Benmore, details below:
- Logan Botanic Garden: The Potting Shed Bistro is open daily, 11am - 4pm. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
- Dawyck Botanic Garden: Dawyck Cafe is open daily from 10am - 4pm.
- Benmore Botanic Garden: A takeaway catering service is on site, serving refreshments and light snacks, daily from 10am – 4pm. Outdoor seating available.
The Gardens are not able to provide water refill stations during this time, but visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink, including picnics, onto the site. Barbecues and alcohol are not permitted.
Toilets are available including toilet facilities for those with disabilities.
At Dawyck, there are temporary, mobile units in place of the regular toilets. These are located at the entrance of the Garden. The accessible toilet is open as usual for those that require to use it.
New hygiene measures are in place, with more frequent cleaning and reduced capacity for using toilets. So, please do bear in mind that you may need to queue. Baby changing facilities are available.
- Are guided tours available?
There will be no guided tours at this stage.
- Are there storage facilities for visitors?
Unfortunately, there are no storage facilities for visitors during this time.
- Can I hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available to use at our Gardens. Please book in advance by contacting the relevant Garden, below:
Benmore: call 01369 840509
Dawyck: call 01721 760254
Logan: call 01776 860231
Unfortunately, mobility scooters not available. This is for health and safety reasons – we are unable to demonstrate safe usage at an appropriate distance. However, visitors are welcome to bring their own mobility scooters.
If any of our visitors sustain minor injuries during their visit, our staff will assist at a safe distance of two metres away. They will be wearing PPE. Whilst our staff will not be able to treat minor injuries directly, they can offer first aid supplies so that visitors can treat themselves. In an emergency, staff will follow normal emergency procedures and call 999.
Please note that to ensure the safety of our visitors, the Garden can close at short notice during extreme weather. Always check our website before you visit.
What you can do to help us
Please follow these additional guidelines below:
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms please stay at home and do not visit the Garden. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you must continue to self-isolate.
- Plan ahead and check information on our website before you visit.
- Please bring a face covering with you. Face coverings are mandatory when visiting the shops in our visitor centres and are recommended in all enclosed spaces.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the facilities and use the hand sanitiser dispensers at every opportunity.
- As a charity, we need your support more than ever. When you visit, please give a donation on your arrival or exit. Your much-needed contribution will help us to explore, conserve and to protect the world of plants.
- If you require any further information or have an enquiry about your visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 248 2909. Also, follow the latest Scottish Government advice.
Support us today, safeguard our future
As a charity, we need your support more than ever before. Whilst our four Gardens were closed, we lost a large proportion of vital income which helps to fund our international research and conservation work. Please consider joining our support community by becoming a member or make a donation to help us to protect the world of plants.