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 have a gem of a local spot to explore. Opening just a couple of years ago in Worsley, the RHS Garden Bridgewater gates lead to a beautiful, green wonderland – and it’s the perfect place to catch a literal breath of fresh air.
Consisting of 154 acres to explore in Salford, the garden was 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 in beautiful Worsley.
The first-ever RHS Garden to be located in an urban area, RHS Garden Bridgewater features ‘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.
Featuring multiple areas throughout to explore, including the ‘crown jewel’ of the site – the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden – guests won’t at a loss for beautiful sights, with tons of greenery, blooms, a peaceful lake and a number of lovely little ponds to potter around, as well as seasonal flowers and plants that transform throughout the year.
Believed to be the largest publicly accessible working walled garden in the UK, the Weston Walled Garden also offers a stunning, exotic-inspired Paradise Garden – with Asiatic and Mediterranean gardens bringing a little bit of colour to Salford, perfect for those days when you just need a little bit of simply joy bringing to your day.
If that wasn’t enough, guests can also stumble upon a stunning Orchard garden, as well as a Chinese Streamside Garden – which is actually the first authentic Chinese garden in the UK. For the kids, the garden is home to a 4-acre Woodland Play area, designed to encourage children of all ages to engage with nature, with plenty to do and see during your visit.
Located by the idyllic town of Worsley, guests can stretch their legs around the garden, before exploring Worsley New Hall Lake and enjoying a pub lunch at one of the small town’s many fantastic restaurants.
Tickets for the garden are on sale here, and you can visit seven days a week, 10am-6pm. RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Rd, Worsley, M28 2LJ.