The Royal Horticultural Society has uveiled plans to create a fifth flagship garden. Called RHS Garden Bridgewater, it will be located at Salford in Greater Manchester.
The RHS intends to restore the historic grounds of Worsley New Hall, turning the 156-acre landscape into a destination garden that will welcome one million visitors per year within a decade of opening.
RHS Garden Bridgewater will open in 2019 and is part of the Society’s 10-year ‘RHS Vision’ that will see £100million invested into horticulture.
Unveiling the plans at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Flower Show last month [October 2015] , RHS director-general Sue Biggs said: “This is truly life changing for the Society and for horticulture. It is amazing: an undeveloped canvas at the moment.”
She later added: “With its beautiful landscapes, good public transport links and outstanding location, Worsley New Hall was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
Bridgewater will join the RHS’s four flagship gardens: Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in Yorkshire.
A masterplan will be developed for Bridgewater.
Key features include the restoration of a 10-acre walled kitchen garden. A tree-lined approach and terraces will be brought back to life, too.
The site forms part of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater’s estate and adjoins the Bridgewater Canal.
The deal is a result of collaboration between the owners of the estate, Peel Land and Property, Salford City Council and the RHS.
TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh praised the RHS’s ambitious expansion and investment programme.
Speaking at the launch, Alan said: “Those who stand still move backwards, so they say. Something that the RHS, over the last few years, has demonstrated that it has no intention of doing.”