An exciting new community based garden is scheduled to open next year in Salford with the aim of inspiring the next generation of gardeners.
RHS Garden Bridgewater, located in the grounds of the former Worsley New Hall, is a 154 acre project, making it currently the largest gardening operation in Europe.
The location will become the fifth RHS garden in the country, joining current sites in Surrey, Devon, Essex and North Yorkshire.
However RHS General Director Sue Biggs says the opportunity to expand into Worsley New Hall was just too good an opportunity to pass up on.
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Mrs Biggs said: “With its beautiful landscapes, wonderful diversity, good public transport links and outstanding location it was an opportunity the RHS couldn’t miss.
“And there are more than eight million people living within an hour’s drive of the site who currently do not have a garden visitor attraction like this in the North West.
“RHS Bridgewater is a stone’s throw from a densely populated area and is our first urban garden. However, this is not a change of direction for the Society but rather it represents an evolution in our ambitions.
“it will be a garden for the 21st century, combining cutting-edge design with strong environmental and educational principles, and we hope that it will serve to enhance the wellbeing of all who visit, especially the local community, and inspire them to get involved in gardening at all levels.”
A particular emphasis at RHS Bridgewater will be to inspire and educate the next generation of gardeners.
When asked how the Society hopes to achieve this Caroline Jones, RHS Press Officer explained: “It is very important to the RHS as a charity – our mission is to inspire everyone to grow, and that includes young people.
“We are building a dedicated Learning Garden at RHS Garden Bridgewater to help teach children about the role horticulture plays in our environment, health and many other areas of daily life.
Together with learning studios currently under construction inside the new Welcome building, the Learning Garden will play host to up to 7,000 school children on free educational visits each year once the garden is open to the public from summer 2020.
In addition, a play garden and trail is being created in the historic woodland at RHS Garden Bridgewater to encourage younger visitors to engage in outdoor play and exploration in nature.”
We hope that other areas of the garden, such as the Kitchen Garden, will also inspire children and their families to have a go at growing when they get home.
Although no official date has been issued for the opening yet, Salford residents can expect to enjoy their local RHS garden from summer 2020. For the latest news and progress see their website at rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater
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