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Glorious gardens set in historic landscapes.
Find out how the development of our fifth garden progressed during the winter months
2,500 trees, 600m to plant, 6 weeks of planting; our wonderful volunteers completed the last 20m of hedge planting on our access road! The hedge includes beech, holly, Cornelian cherry and hawthorn. A huge thank you to our volunteers for doing such a fabulous job!
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs welcomed the Chinese Streamside Garden Founding Committee, the Consul General for China in Manchester and a delegation of Chinese horticulturalists to RHS Garden Bridgewater. The Committee have raised over £150K of the £500K required to create the Chinese Streamside Garden, a unique celebration of Chinese and British horticulture.
Shrouded in winter fog, RHS Garden Bridgewater gardeners walk in the footsteps of many gardeners before them. From William Upjohn, Head Gardener to the 1st Earl of Ellesmere, to the garden owners of the 20th century, 170 years of horticulture have taken place in these magnificent walls.
Next step for our garden team is wiring up the walls of the Weston Walled Garden in preparation for training an array of fruit trees, including our heritage pears. Involving 5.7km of wire, 5,590 vine eyes and 570 tensioners, it will take several months to complete. No small job!
Now the restoration of the walls is complete, A E Yates Ltd. have started to install drainage and irrigation, the infrastructure that will allow the Weston Walled Garden to function and lay down the pathways that will bring the Paradise and Kitchen Gardens to life.
We’re finally bidding goodbye to this lovely lot, Maysand's Mike Dowling and his team, who’ve worked for six months through blazing heat and freezing rain – completing the restoration of the 170 year old walls of the Weston Walled Garden!
“The Wellbeing Garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater will be a space that nurtures both mental and physical health, so getting input from those who will use it was vital. The consultation process showed us that it's possible to cater for a wide range of needs in a single garden. Ben Brace, RHS Landscape Architect.
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Swinton Enhanced Care Team and The University of Salford have received funding from Salford Primary Care Together to pilot an innovative social prescribing programme in Salford. The programme will give up to 75 individuals the chance to improve their health through supported volunteering at RHS Garden Bridgewater in 2019.
“I wanted to design a building that functions as a threshold to the beautiful garden beyond, that is filled with light and will make you feel like you’re outside before you’re actually outside; a building that people will be uplifted by.” Stephen Hodder, architect, Hodder & Partners.
Read our January issue and find out more about the great work we've been doing over the last couple of months.
The Wellbeing Garden will sit within the historic 11-acre Weston Walled Garden. The new design is the result of over six months’ consultation with over 20 organisations (including health, social care providers and charities) and will nurture people's mental and physical health.
Sophia Mason and Philippa Charles, from The Garfield Weston Foundation, together replaced the last of 100,000 bricks in the 170-year-old wall surrounding the 11-acre Walled Garden. The Garfield Weston Foundation have provided our largest single donation to date with a grant of 5 million towards the restoration of the Weston Walled Garden.
We have big and exciting ambitions for 2019. What better way to start the new year than by planting our very first tree on a sunny winter’s day! A hardy and coppery coloured beech is the perfect addition to the garden and the first of many trees to be planted on site.
Thanks to the very generous support of Salford Council, The Garfield Weston Foundation and other funders we’ve raised £11.5m. We now need to raise the final £5.5m so we can open the gates at RHS Garden Bridgewater for all to enjoy!
The first batch of RHS Garden Bridgewater guided site tours 2019 will give the chance to take a unique ‘behind the scenes’ look at Europe’s largest gardening project before we open in spring 2021.
Two landscape architect students, Stella Yang and Karsan Karavadra, from Manchester Metropolitan University, won a nationwide RHS competition to design a ‘Plant Factory’ garden inspired by the idea of plants as machines.
Our very own Project Engineer Laura Birkin was interviewed by BBC North West's Abbie Jones on a very rainy and muddy December day. They're very interested in all the work we're doing on the lake and in the garden.
Our lovely volunteers cleared the bottoms of the wall in the Paradise Garden in torrential downpours. The spirit and dedication of RHS Garden Bridgewater volunteers is nothing short of phenomenal!
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