The new garden will open its gates for the first time.
If there’s one thing we’ve discovered a newfound love for, it’s nature. We couldn’t think of anything better than immersing ourselves in a world full of floral beauty – and thanks to the Royal Horticulture Society, we now have a brand new local spot to explore.
Opening this May 18th, RHS Garden Bridgewater will finally open its gates for the first time ever after its opening was delayed due to the pandemic – and it’s set to be a literal breath of fresh air for the region.
Consisting of 154 acres to explore in Salford, the new garden has been a long time in the making – with approval originally given for the new site way back in 2017. Since then, over 700 volunteers have got their green fingers dirty to make the garden happen, offering both their time and care to bring RHS Garden Bridgewater to life.
The first-ever RHS Garden to be located in an urban area, RHS Garden Bridgewater will feature ‘cutting-edge’ design by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners (with more than a quarter of a million plants!) alongside numerous dedicated community spaces, including a Kitchen Garden by award-winning Harris Bugg Studio where you’ll find both familiar and more unusual edibles growing within its soils.
Head of RHS Garden Bridgewater Richard Green said of the project: “A huge thank you must also go to our incredible team of more than 700 local volunteers who freely give their time to pitch in with everything from bricklaying to giving tours, and without whom none of this would be possible.
“This collaborative approach is what has made RHS Bridgewater such a unique and special project, and we can’t wait to open the gates and share it with everyone.”
The site will feature multiple areas throughout, including the ‘crown jewel’ of the site, the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden. Believed to be the largest publicly-accessible working walled garden in the UK, the Weston Walled Garden will include a beautiful, exotic-inspired Paradise Garden – with Asiatic and Mediterranean gardens bringing a little bit of colour to Salford.
If that wasn’t all, guests can also expect a stunning Orchard garden, as well as a Chinese Streamside Garden – which will be the first authentic Chinese garden in the UK when complete. Kids will also be able to enjoy a 4-acre Woodland Play area designed to encourage children of all ages to engage with nature.
The RHS is investing £35m in the creation of the garden, which the charity forecasts will generate around £13.2m per year to the local economy by 2030.
The Peel Group, who have been largely involved in the project, have promised a long-term commitment to the RHS Garden Bridgewater, where they’ll be supporting the Peel Learning Garden which will enable school children to learn how plants grow and survive.
Tickets for the garden go on sale this April 19th, and the gates will officially open on May 18th.