More than 7,600 visitors have flocked to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens since it reopened on 17 June.

The Gardens - a charity based in Edgbaston - closed for 13 weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, since it announced its reopening, visitors have been snapping up allocated slots to enjoy the 15 acres of grounds.

James Wheeler, Chief Executive of the Gardens, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our members and visitors since we opened our gates again.

“We've worked hard to ensure it's safe for people to come here and enjoy the greenery, which we know is good for our mental health, and it’s been heartening to see everyone really appreciating the gardeners’ hard work and the beautiful displays.

“We’ve been running at an average 72% of the reduced capacity we can have in the Gardens, which is encouraging, and now that the schools have closed for the summer break, we’re hoping to see even more families enjoying the wide open spaces here.

“As a precaution, we’re carrying out regular deep cleaning at touchpoints, and we’ve also put hand-sanitiser stations around the Gardens.”

Because of the success of the first phase of reopening, the Gardens has now opened the children’s playground for limited periods. The tea room is also now open, for a reduced number of hours, for takeaway drinks and packaged snacks. The tea room is open 10.30am to 4pm weekdays and 10.30am to 5pm weekends. The playground is available from 10am to 2pm. Restrictions are in place to safeguard visitors’ safety.

The Gardens will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, subject to change. To ensure there is effective social distancing, everyone must book a time slot in advance. Non-members must buy tickets online to secure their 15-minute entry slot, while members must also book their entry time online, using their membership number.

Visits can be booked at Birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk, These are available in advance for a two-week period.