Stay safe whilst buying your tree in 2020
Buying a Christmas tree outside is a safer type of activity because of all the fresh air and space. There are however extra things that we have done at Blackthorpe Barn to make it even safer.
Timed arrival slots when buying trees
We have created a special arrival slot system for all those planning to buy trees from Blackthorpe Barn this year. Each 15-minute slot can be reserved in advance from our website. Please note that more than one family group will get the same slot. You just leave a name, email and contact number. This slot is valid for a car full of people and is free of charge.
When reserving a slot you will be sent a confirmation email which you may be asked to show on arrival at busy times. The slot system is designed to avoid overcrowding and to improve safety for both customers and staff. You are of course able to stay for longer than the 15 minutes of your slot. Their purpose is simply to space out arrival times.
One way system
We have designed a new one-way system around the tree sales area. This one-way system is clearly signed. Just follow the arrows.
To avoid the risks inherent in handling cash during the pandemic, we have introduced a cashless system for all payments. Payment will therefore be by card only. We accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express. A Perspex panel will protect staff and customers from each other and hand sanitiser will be available. Purchases can be made contactless up to £45.
Wear a pair of strong gloves
In normal years we recommend the wearing of a pair of strong gloves when handling Christmas trees as they can be wet and prickly. This year, however, in addition, they will stop you touching trees yourself and also protects you from trees touched by others.
There will be hand sanitiser points around the tree selling space. Family members without gloves should sanitise regularly.
Our toilets remain open in a limited way. The toilet available for public use is the accessible toilet which is directly in front of you inside the entrance door. If queueing is required this should happen outside and please observe social distancing guidelines.
Transporting trees to cars
As usual, we are happy to help carry trees to customers’ cars if there is sufficient time available. This may not be possible at busy moments. Please note however that we cannot help to load the car. This is to protect the safety of our own staff and customers. Where pot grown trees are involved we provide trolleys for use by customers in the tree pick up car park only. Please sanitise the handles with the sanitiser and wipes provided and return the trolley to where you found it.
Our café kiosk will be available for taking away treats, so when you get home you can enjoy some of your Blackthorpe Barn favourites, such as hot sausage rolls, bacon brie and cranberry rolls, cakes, coffee and much more. The kiosk is also cashless.
Choose Your Cut Trees
Thurs 3 December – Tues 22 December 2020
9.30am – 5.30pm
Please note that the Tree Shop will only take cards (no cash).