Following its plans to create a stunning new 63 hectare (156 acre) garden in the heart of the North West - by bringing back to life the lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall in Salford - the RHS has moved swiftly to appoint a world-class landscape architect to deliver the master plan for the project.
Tom Stuart-Smith has been appointed to create the overall master plan for the garden, which will include the restoration of the four hectare (11 acre) Walled Kitchen Garden, one of the largest in the UK. Plans also include a new schools Learning Centre to grow young people’s horticultural knowledge.
The fifth garden will be named RHS Garden Bridgewater, and the first phase of its development is planned to open in 2019 as part of the Society's wider, ten-year £160 million investment programme to achieve its Vision to enrich everyone's lives through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
The garden in pictures - see how the site looks now
The planning process
With the planning process under way, we held two public consultation events at the beginning of November, where residents could ask questions about the project. There was a strong turnout and we have received more than 230 written comments following on from these events.
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The project is the result of collaboration between the RHS, Peel Land and Property and Salford City Council, and the aspiration for RHS Garden Bridgewater is to create a major new destination garden which aims to welcome and inspire one million people a year within a decade.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: 'We always thought it would take us a long time to find the ideal site for 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.'
What happens next?
Phase one of the creation of the garden will begin this year and will include site acquisition, planning approvals and site clearance. The RHS will begin making strong links with the local community, involving volunteers and people within the region to help establish an RHS presence, as well as improving the Walled Garden.
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