The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that the opening date for RHS Garden Bridgewater has been postponed to Tuesday 11 May 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
To ensure the health and safety of its staff and contractors and following UK government advice regarding social distancing, the RHS has been operating at limited capacity at its Salford site, delaying the build of its fifth garden which was originally due to open this July.
The new government measures have paused some projects and slowed others and when it does open in spring 2021, the creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater will bring so many health and wellbeing benefits to local people and beyond.
Sue Biggs, RHS director general, says: “Whilst this is disappointing news for so many, we know that everyone will understand why we had to make this delay. As with every decision we make, the health and safety of our employees and contractors is paramount.
“RHS Garden Bridgewater will now open the week before RHS Chelsea Flower Show, meaning that in May 2021 the RHS will be doing more than ever in its history to promote gardening, growing and horticulture to support nurseries, growers, the horticultural industry and really get the nation gardening, I think everyone now knows how important this is for our health and the environment so what better way to celebrate the return of spring and British horticulture at its finest.”
Delays due to COVID-19 also mean that there are several changes at RHS Garden Wisley – the Laboratory landscape by Christopher Bradley-Hole will now open in April 2021; the building and surrounding gardens of the new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning will now open in June 2021, as will the new Trials Field.
RHS Garden Wisley, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, RHS Garden Rosemoor and RHS Garden Hyde Hall remain closed and will re-open to visitors as soon as UK Government advice allows, and when it is safe to do so.