Health & Safety Information for Wreath Workshop

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Hardy’s for our ‘Make Your Own Christmas Wreath’ Workshop, but first we need to tell you a few things which will help to keep you safe during your visit and hopefully answer any questions you may have.

Travelling to and arriving at the workshop.

  • The nursery is located up a narrow lane. Please take the turning off the B3400 at the brown sign saying ‘Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants’ and go uphill past the Watership Down Inn, for approximately 400m.  We are located on the right. Use the 2nd car park signposted deliveries. You will turn right just before a small railway bridge.   
  • Be aware there is a gate and a small speed hump at the entrance to our car park.
  • Other workshop attendees will be arriving at the same time so please drive carefully. And be aware as you drive into the car park that there may be moving vehicles and/ or people. We advise you to approach and move around the car park at a low speed of 5mph.
  • If either you or a member of your party has mobility problems, please let us know in advance and we will ensure that there is a parking space available as close to the shed as possible.
  • Once you’ve parked, please make your way to the entrance of the big shed. There will be lights to indicate the entrance.
  • The car park is gravel and may be uneven in places. If you feel unsure about arriving in the car park at night, please do ring 01256 896533 and one of our staff will come out to your car to accompany you to the workshop. Please note that staff will be available from 6.30pm.
  • Our staff will be wearing high- vis jackets and will have torches.

In the workshop

  • When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our friendly members of staff, who will ask you to register. A hot cup of tea or coffee will be available prior to the start of the workshop.
  • The workshop will take place in the large barn, which will have some background heating, but as it is likely to be cold, please dress warmly with layers that you can adjust as necessary. You may wish to wear a hat.
  • Sensible and sturdy, warm footwear is strongly advised as some of the external pathways may be uneven and there is always a possibility that you may drop something on your foot.
  • A brief Fire Safety chat will be given prior to the start of the Workshop.
  • Please be aware that you will be working with wire, sharp snips and some prickly natural materials and take care accordingly. We will give you guidance on how to use the snips safely. If you do cut yourself, we have a first aider on site and plenty of plasters.
  • If you have any allergies to the workshop materials, for example ivy, which can be a skin irritant. Please either refrain from using this material or ask and we will supply you with nitrile gloves to wear. If you’re allergic to nitrile gloves, please bring your own to use.
  • Some plant material can cause irritation and may be toxic to humans and pets. We’ll tell you about this at the workshop to help you make the right choices.
  • You will be mostly standing during the workshop, but we can supply a chair if you need one.
  • Trips, slips and falls - to help take care of yourself and your fellow workshop attendees please keep your working space tidy. Don’t leave your bag, equipment or plants on the floor or pathways where they could become trip hazards. Keep doorways clear at all times.


  • If you suffer from any food related intolerances or allergies, please could you let us know as soon as possible and we will try to accommodate your needs.
  • At some point during the workshop, we will serve refreshments including a glass of Prosecco and food, some of which may be hot. Please note that non-alcoholic drinks including hot drinks are also available.
  • If you have serious food intolerances or allergies.  You may wish to bring your own snacks, as we do not guarantee an allergen free environment and there is a risk of cross contamination between food products e.g. nuts. 
  • You may also wish us to advise other participants and our staff team not to open products which contain allergens, such as nuts for example. Please let us know if this applies to you at least 2 working days before the workshop.
  • Always wash your hands after handling plants and before eating or smoking

Other things to be aware of

  • We have a no smoking policy within all buildings on site and throughout the duration of the workshop.
  • We reserve the right to remove anyone from the Nursery if their behaviour is considered likely to cause offence or create a nuisance to other visitors or staff.
  • Please do not attend the workshop if you have tested positive, have symptoms or are living with someone who has coronavirus. You may choose to wear a mask during the workshop.  Hand sanitizer is available and there are plenty of hand washing facilities on site. We will be following government guidance in force at the time of the event.  If you cannot attend due to coronavirus,. we will issue you with a credit note. 

When you leave

  • We recommend you wash your hands before you leave as you’ve been handling plant material
  • If you need help loading the car with your wreath, let a member of staff know and we’ll be happy to help you.
  • The car park will be dark, but our team can show you to your car with a torch if necessary – please ask
  • You’ll be leaving at the same time as other customers, so please be aware of people and vehicle movements in the yard and on the public highway

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


[email protected]

01256 896533 (Mon- Fri 9am - 1.30pm)