Christmas trees ‘essential’

People have got the Christmas bug early this year it seems. This weekend was very busy for Wheelers Garden Centre on Turnham Green Terrace.

“We’re selling Christmas decorations earlier than ever. I think people want cheering up” Spencer Wheeler told The Chiswick Calendar.

“Several people have told me they’re going to buy two trees – one that they’ve bought this weekend, which will look a bit sad by Christmas, and then another one to replace it”.

Wheelers is offering Club Card holders 15% off everything in the Garden Centre.

Image above: Wheelers Garden Centre; photograph, Alice Gilkes

Traders have had a hard job keeping up with whether it’s been legal or illegal to sell a Christmas tree. First they were deemed non-essential, then the government realised that supermarkets were selling them legally, as providers of essential goods, as were online delivery companies, unfairly handicapping local traders who rely on the Christmas trade.

Ten days ago (21 November) it became legal for street traders and market traders to sell them, before the end of the national lockdown.

“First I was told I would have to shut down, then I was told it was ok. Madness” says Spencer.

Image above: Wheelers Garden Centre; photograph, Alice Gilkes

Tier 2

On hearing last Thursday that we were officially in Tier 2, Chiswick retailer John Fitzgerald, who runs Snappy Snaps, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to get some trade done between now and Christmas”.

For Brentford FC it means being able to welcome fans to their home ground for the first time to their home match against Blackburn Rovers next Saturday.

You can read up on the Tier 2 rules and regs and what it means for Chiswick here on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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See also: London in Tier 2

See also: Snappy Snaps offers personal framing service online

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