Due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the opening date for RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, has been postponed to Tuesday 11 May 2021.
To ensure the health and safety of our staff and contractors, and following UK Government advice, the site in Salford has been operating at limited capacity, delaying the build of our fifth garden, which was originally due to open this July.
“While 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.
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 and the horticultural industry, and really get the nation gardening.”
Sue Biggs, Director General, RHS
The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater 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, and a host of health and wellbeing benefits, within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the Greater Manchester region.
Historic site is being transformed
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.
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.
Thanks to the generous support of donors including Salford City Council and Peel L&P, we’re making great strides towards realising our vision for this iconic garden. If you would like to help us transform these historic grounds into a beautiful green place for the local community and visitors to enjoy, we would welcome your support.
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