In a spectacular coup for the city, the RHS is restoring the lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall in Salford which form part of the third Duke of Bridgewater’s estate and adjoin the Bridgewater Canal.
Planned to open in 2020, RHS Garden Bridgewater is the result of collaboration between the RHS, Salford City Council and Peel Land and Property, owners of the historic estate. It will join the current portfolio of RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. RHS Garden Bridgewater forms part of their wider ten year £160 million national investment programme to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, says: “We always thought it would take us longer to find our fifth garden, but with its beautiful landscapes, good public transport links and outstanding location, Worsley New Hall was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
Renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith has created an overall master plan for the garden which will also forge links with regional educational bodies to develop new apprenticeship and student programmes. Public engagement is already extensive and includes volunteering and learning opportunities as well as community events.
Horticultural highlights will include the restoration of the ten acre Walled Kitchen Garden, one of the largest in the UK; recreating and developing historical features such as the tree lined Garden Approach and recovering the Terraces, which sit between the lake and the site of the lost Worsley New Hall.
When the announcement was made in October 2015, City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “This major national project is a long-term investment not just for Salford but for the whole of Greater Manchester. It is a project on the scale of and with the impact of MediaCityUK in terms of being a game changer for our city and will bring life to the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.” It is expected to generate £24 million a year for the local economy by year fifteen of its opening (2034).
In addition to economic benefits for the city, RHS Garden Bridgewater will also bring beauty, knowledge, health and wellbeing, social cohesion and enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of gardeners and garden lovers, for decades, even centuries, into the future.
Work is now well underway towards the creation of a stunning new 154 acre RHS garden, View the latest updates.
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This page was last updated on 19 March 2018