The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that its fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is opening to the public from Thursday, 30 July 2020.

The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, is one of the most significant events in the Society’s 215-year history. Once open, the garden will bring world-class horticulture within an hour’s journey of 8.2 million people in the region.

RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, says: “I am 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 10-day opening programme of events and celebrations at Bridgewater in August.”

When the RHS first discovered the 154-acre site, the former grounds of Worsley New Hall had not been cultivated for decades. Thanks to a dedicated and growing team and the help of hundreds of local volunteers, the site is transforming and is currently the biggest project of its kind in Europe. World-renowned landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith created the Bridgewater masterplan. Its centrepiece, the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden, is one of the UK’s biggest, measuring the size of six football pitches and comprising 11 gardens, including the Paradise Garden, Kitchen Garden, Wellbeing Garden and Community grow spaces.

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