Safe Summer Gardening

It’s easy to lose track of time when you are enjoying your garden, tending plants, weeding and watering. It’s important to make sure you look after yourself and your skin to stay safe. Even on cloudy days the sun can be strong, so we recommend you wear protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses and long sleeves and trousers. We also advise that you wear sunscreen with a high SPF factor of 30+ and reapply regularly. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water and avoid gardening in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest or undertake tasks in shady areas at this time.

5 cool tips for a safe summer

Wear protective clothing: a large brimmed hat, long sleeves, long trousers etc.


Use a suitable sunscreen product for your skin type


Avoid gardening when the sun is at its strongest or garden in the shade.

Wear glasses

Wear sunglasses.

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and try to avoid alcohol and drinks high in sugar.

Keeping gardeners and horticulturists safe under the sun

We are proud to be accredited by the Melonoma Fund, helping to raise awareness of the importance of sun protection in the fight against skin cancer. Those who spend lots of time outdoors can underestimate the risk of accumulated sun exposure. Find out more visit:

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