What is impact of the pandemic on The Worm that Turned?

We will attempt to keep this information as up to date as possible, but obviously sometimes circumstances may overtake us. This information was last updated in mid December 2021.


Fortunately, at the time of the original writing in the first and second wave, none of our staff had the virus and therefore from the website customer viewpoint our operations are largely unaffected, although it is not quite 'business as normal' behind the scenes. All those that can are still working from home. Please forgive any barking dogs or excited children in the background if we are speaking to you on the phone. All of our service systems including phones can be accessed remotely, but some of our processes are still relatively new and always being updated, so please bear with our team whilst we get used to them. Our main warehouse is operating normally and staff are able to observe appropriate distancing and without using public transport.
During the more recent waves and as things have opened up more, some of our employees have been affected, although thankfully at this point none of them too seriously. Most have managed to work through although not all and this has impacted at times on our operations and in particular makes it quite difficult to envisage the best way to reliably open the shop in the traditional way.

Website Customers

All orders are being processed in the normal fashion. We are still experiencing exceptional demand and we are working just as fast as we can to safely get your orders out. Nonetheless your patience at this time is appreciated. Our couriers are all still open and working. They have themselves put in additional measures to assist, including the ability to leave all parcels without signatures. This is being communicated to customers individually at the time as different procedures are in place. If your order is to a business address, please ensure it is open and able to take deliveries and let us know if special arrangements exist. There are some restrictions for overseas deliveries to specific postcodes, but again we will attempt to monitor this and advise if any problems.
Clearly if this changes, we will keep you advised. If you have any doubt about your order please email us with your query. We aim to respond to order queries within the same business day but if your query is urgent do not hesitate to call us. All our contact details can be found here.

Shop customers

Our Derby Road shop is now open in line with Government guidelines but strictly on an appointment basis only until the country is more back to normal. We have arranged an online booking system, but we are not able to safely accommodate and 'open door' policy and our store staff will give you individual service. Please email or see here. We don't particularly want to entertain unvaccinated customers and may ask to see a 'covid pass'. The wearing of a mask in the shop is currently mandatory. All our staff have been double vaccinated and where possible boosted too. There will be someone on the premises on most weekdays and arrangements can be made for 'click and collect' of pre-ordered items safely. Up to date 'opening' times and other shop information can be found here including arrangements for a new type of browsing experience at Xmas.


We are in regular contact with our suppliers many of whom operate throughout the world and thus the situation is very complex, however at this point a few are now flagging up some difficulties in obtaining supplies although obviously this changes as the pandemic and the world response to it develops. There is currently an issue at some ports and container ships but generally we have reasonable stock levels on non-seasonal items. The availability of all items is shown on each product page and if the stock is not available there is an estimate of when it will be. Some of our products are supplied from third party warehouses with a slightly longer lead time. Where these warehouses have indicated issues due to the pandemic, we are reflecting this in the 'available from' section and also where this is longer than normal or specific limitations in the 'delivery' section of the product page. We will also contact you on placing your order to confirm this. This does change on a daily basis and of course, it is a guide not a guarantee. As everyone should be aware, the situation is still changing on a daily basis, but be assured you will get your order in due course. If you have any doubt about the item you are looking at please email us with your query. We aim to respond to order queries within the same business day, but if your query is urgent do not hesitate to call us (but we would prefer an email). We respond well to customers with perspective and balance. All our contact details can be found here.

Do you sell items that can help people through the pandemic?

As a retailer whose mission is to help revitalise your outdoor space we clearly are not in the business of toilet rolls or petrol! (can anyone explain either?) Nonetheless there are actually quite a few items that can assist those having to isolate themselves or reduce their social contacts. We put these items together into a collection here, so please do return to check as new ideas are being added daily.
Of particular use are our vegetable and seed collections. With shortages of fresh produce from abroad post Brexit now is the time to be thinking about sowing and planting. There may be shortages if demand increases beyond normal though so the advice as ever is to buy now and don't stock pile!

Further information

To read more about some of our challenges in detail see here.
If you have any query about our operations during this time please email us with your query. We aim to respond to queries within the same business day but if your query is urgent do not hesitate to call us. All our contact details can be found here.

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