The opening date for the latest RHS garden near Manchester has been announced.
RHS Bridgewater will open to the public on the 30th of July, 2020.
The creation of the garden has been one of the greatest events of the Royal Horticultural Society's 215-year history. It is the first new garden to be opened by the Society in the last 20 years.
Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS, said: “I'm thrilled to be able to announce the opening date for the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater. To mark this momentous occasion, there will be a ten-day opening programme of events and celebrations at Bridgewater in August.”
What to expect?
Plans for the garden include not only the complete reconstruction of the Walled Kitchen Garden, but the recreation and development of historic features such as the tree-lined Garden Approach, and a reworking of the Lost Terraces, which sit between the lake and the former site of Worsley New Hall. Leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith has been appointed to create the overall master plan for the garden.
“We still have a tremendous amount of work to do before opening but thanks to a brilliant team, amazing local support and generous donations from multiple supporters, partners and members, we are on track and look forward to welcoming visitors this summer.” Richard Green, said Head of RHS Garden Bridgewater
Richard continues: "RHS Garden Bridgewater is creating up to 100 jobs, from tree surgeons to therapists, as well as apprenticeships and learning opportunities. Up to 7,000 local schoolchildren will benefit free-of-charge each year from having this abundant, green learning resource on their doorstep.
The garden will continue to grow with further investment into our ambitious future plans which include an arboretum, a Northern College of Horticulture, an architecturally stunning glasshouse and renovation of the lost Nesfield terraces.”
The garden will be beneficial not only to plant lovers but to the local community, by creating over 140 job opportunities, offering apprenticeships and setting up community projects in the garden and around the wider area of Salford.