GARDENERS can rejoice as Dobbies Garden Centre have announced that their Dunfermline store will reopen tomorrow (Friday).

Dobbies are opening 12 centres across Scotland, including at Fife Leisure Park.

The retailer will limit the number of customers allowed in their stores at one time with social distancing measures in place.

A queuing system will be in operation outside the stores, with two metre markers in place to help maintain social distancing. 

Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will be available at the entrance.

Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or contactless, where possible.

Appropriate PPE has been provided for team members, who will also receive training and regular briefings on how to keep themselves and customers safe.

Rigorous daily hygiene routines will continue throughout the stores.

The restaurant and soft play will remain temporarily closed.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We welcome this updated guidance from the Scottish Government, enabling us to reopen our 12 stores across Scotland on Friday, May 29. 

“The safety of our team members and customers remains Dobbies’ number one priority and following advice from the Government, Horticultural Trades Association and British Retail Consortium, social distancing measures have been implemented."

Dobbies has opened 56 stores across Wales, England and Northern Ireland since May 11.

Mr Jenkins continued: "It has been a very positive start to trading, with customers most interested in buying plants, gardening products and outdoor furniture, as they are keen to spend time in their gardens this Spring.

“I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these uncertain times, and look forward to welcoming customers back to our store in Dunfermline and stores across Scotland.”