Salford residents will be able to visit RHS Garden Bridgewater free on Tuesdays thanks to an arrangement agreed between the RHS and Salford City Council for the benefit of residents, families and school children.
Planned to open in summer 2020, the 154 acre RHS Garden Bridgewater will bring the lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall to visitors as a major tourist attraction in the north of England.
An ambitious masterplan by renowned landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith is blending the local history, including a walled garden, with new world-class horticulture.
'The development of the RHS’ new fifth Garden is the biggest hands-on gardening project the charity has undertaken in its 211-year history and was enabled in partnership with Salford City Council and Peel L&P.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This is pioneering for Salford residents with free weekly access to the garden and concessions for local school children, carers with disabled visitors and special education groups. It is the first time the RHS has given this type of access for the local community. There will also be the opportunity for the wider community to visit this national garden for free on two days per year.
“This is a flagship project for the city creating an outstanding asset providing a beautiful green lung connected to the Bridgewater Canal. I am proud that this be will the largest garden build in Europe, with a positive impact on local people and our city.
“Even before it opens the garden has already brought so many benefits through volunteering and supporting peoples’ mental and physical health and boosting the local economy.
“As it moves forward, it will build on this, creating even more jobs and training opportunities for local people, with local businesses, hotels and suppliers sharing the prosperity it brings.
“We can’t wait for the garden to officially open next year and give local people the chance to visit.”
The substantial and far-reaching benefits that RHS Garden Bridgewater will bring to Salford and the region are all encompassing from economic and social to community, health, environmental to education, cultural, heritage and tourism.
You can view progress of the garden on the RHS website.
Entry will remain free for all RHS members and will initially cost less than £10 for non-members.