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RHS Garden Bridgewater - Phase 1 due to open 2019

Summer Update

Plans are now well underway towards the creation of a stunning 154acre RHS Garden in Salford with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) working closely with Salford City Council and Peel Land and Property. The Masterplan designed by renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith is ready and the RHS expects to submit a planning application this winter (2016) for the visitor centre and arrivals infrastructure.  

The much-loved presenter of BBC Gardeners' World and gardening writer Carol Klein is an Ambassador for RHS Garden Bridgewater. In this new role, the renowned gardener will champion the garden as it evolves. Speaking at the Salford site in Worsley, Klein said: "When I heard about the future RHS Garden Bridgewater I couldn't believe it: my grandfather's first job was as a garden boy at the garden - it felt like real serendipity. I am thrilled to be an RHS ambassador for this unique place, and I cannot wait to see how it develops." Carol has strong local connections as she was born at St Mary's hospital on Manchester's Oxford Road, grew up in Walkden, Salford and went to school in Bolton.

The RHS will begin works over the winter of 2016/2017, in collaboration with the land owners  Peel Land and Property. The first stage involves preparing and clearing the grounds in the Walled Garden which is due to open to the public in 2019. Nettles and brambles will be removed, and the RHS is looking into eco- friendly ways of clearing the land, most notably by potentially using pigs on rotation. The remainder of the garden will be opened in phases following the Walled Garden's premiere in 2019.    

In June, media were invited to attend a tour of the grounds with RHS Director of Horticulture Tim Upson, and masterplanner Tom Stuart Smith. Both shared their visions and revealed plans for a series of amazing gardens, including the highlight of a Paradise Garden within a restored, ten-acre Walled Garden, and an arrival experience planted as a perennial meadow with a network of web-like paths guiding visitors to the historic Walled Garden.  

About RHS Garden Bridgewater

In late 2015, the RHS unveiled plans to create a stunning new 154 acre RHS Garden in the heart of the North West by bringing back to life the lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall in Salford. The site forms part of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater's estate and adjoins the Bridgewater Canal in Worsley, Salford. The garden is a result of the collaboration between Salford City Council, the RHS and the owners of the historic estate, Peel Land and Property.

The ambitious landscape and horticultural aspirations for RHS Garden Bridgewater will create a major new destination garden in the midst of the Northern Powerhouse to welcome and inspire visitors from around the country. The first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater is planned to open in 2019 as part of the RHS' wider ten year £100+ million investment programme to achieve its Vision to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

For Salford, this partnership brings to life the vision of the City Plan for the west of our city, capitalising on our excellent location, existing developments including AJ Bell Stadium and Port Salford, unique historical and cultural assets and innovative approach to growth, opening up our green spaces to enrich the lives of local people.  




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