The postponing of the garden’s opening comes after the society made the decision to close all of their gardens temporarily due to the impact of the virus.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General explained: “Whilst this is disappointing news for so many, we know that everyone will understand why we had to make this delay.
“As with every decision we make, the health and safety of our employees and contractors is paramount.
“RHS Garden Bridgewater will now open the week before RHS Chelsea Flower Show, meaning that in May 2021 the RHS will be doing more than ever in its history to promote gardening, growing and horticulture to support nurseries, growers, the horticultural industry and really get the nation gardening”.
Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the opening of @RHSBridgewater has been postponed until 11 May 2021. To ensure the health and safety of our staff on site, we’ve been operating at a reduced capacity which has delayed progress. pic.twitter.com/K3yyDPQqau
— RHS Bridgewater (@RHSBridgewater) April 1, 2020
It was also announced that other openings would be postponed, including at the RHS Garden Wisley, where the opening of the Laboratory Landscape by Christopher Bradley-Hole has been moved to April 2021, as well as the building and surrounding gardens of the new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, which will open in June 2021.
The Royal Horticultural Society has assured vistors that they will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so, and when the UK Government advice allows.