Just when we thought we could start to plan for 2021, a third lockdown threw a spanner in the works. On the one hand, with the vaccine being rolled out, we could be forgiven for thinking that there is a light at the end of the Coronavirus tunnel but on the other hand new variants mean that uncertainty remains, making planning almost impossible.
The uncertainty has already affected festivals and shows – Glastonbury has been cancelled again and now the Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed until September and locally the Axe Vale Show is another casualty.
These are unprecedented and difficult times and the Gardening Club Committee, like many clubs, has been trying to navigate a way through. In spite of our previous optimism about being able to hold the Show in July, the current and possible future restrictions and the financial implications, have led us reluctantly to take the decision to cancel the Show.
We have not arrived at this decision lightly, but the health and safety of everyone involved is paramount. On a more positive note, we will make every effort to stage some sort of event in September, but cannot be more specific at this point. Watch this space!