Today (20/01/20), the RHS announces that its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is opening to the public from Thursday 30 July 2020.
The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of the most significant events in the 215-year history of the RHS and its first new garden for nearly 20 years. Once open, the garden will bring world-class horticulture within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the region.
“I’m thrilled to be able to announce the opening date for the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be a ten-day opening programme of events and celebrations at Bridgewater in August.” said Sue Biggs, director general, RHS
When the RHS first discovered the 154-acre site, the former grounds of Worsley New Hall had not been cultivated for decades. Thanks to a dedicated and growing team, plus the help of hundreds of local volunteers, the site is being transformed and is currently the biggest project of its kind in Europe. World-renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith created the Bridgewater ‘masterplan’. Its centrepiece is the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden, one of the UK’s biggest, measuring the size of six football pitches and comprising 11 gardens, including The Paradise Garden, Kitchen Garden, Wellbeing Garden and Community Grow Spaces.
Richard Green, head of RHS Garden Bridgewater said:
“We still have a tremendous amount of work to do before opening but thanks to a brilliant team, amazing local support and generous donations from multiple supporters, partners and members, we are on track and look forward to welcoming visitors this summer.”
Richard continues: “RHS Garden Bridgewater is creating up to 100 jobs, from tree surgeons to therapists, as well as apprenticeships and learning opportunities. Up to 7,000 local schoolchildren will benefit free-of-charge each year from having this abundant, green learning resource on their doorstep. The garden will continue to grow with further investment into our ambitious future plans which include an arboretum, a Northern College of Horticulture, an architecturally stunning glasshouse and renovation of the lost Nesfield terraces.”