The Society are creating their fifth garden which is to be called the RHS Garden Bridgewater. It will be located in Salford, Manchester on the site of Worsley New Hall, which was once (and will be again) magnificent. The Society plan to make it a major garden for those who live locally, but it will also attract thousands of tourists from all across the UK, as well as abroad.
The RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, had made the announcement on the 22nd October 2015 at the RHS Vision launch. She told us about the Society’s plan for the next decade:
“We have the chance to reach out to millions of people so that we are able to achieve our vision. We want to enrich the country’s life through plants and make UK a more beautiful, and much greener place.”
The garden was once owned by the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, Lord Francis Egerton, and is part of the historic, 156 acre Bridgewater Canal. The Earl of Ellesmere built Worsley New Hall in the 1840s so that the Duke’s Brick Hall was replaced. The garden featured a variety of boastful characteristics such as formal terraces, pleasure gardens, an ornamental lake and a 10 acre kitchen garden. Sadly, around a century later, in the latter 1940s, the beautiful building was completely demolished and the gorgeous garden was abandoned.
The Society has big plans for the restoration of this historically beautiful garden, including reconstructing the terraces in a modern style, renovating the kitchen garden, and building new Plant and Learning Centres.
The new plans for the garden have been a collaboration between the RHS, Peel Land and Property, and Salford City Council. The City Mayor of Salford, Ian Stewart, is excited about the new project and has highlighted the variety of opportunities that it is bringing, such as jobs, volunteering, education and, most importantly, community engagement. The plans for this wonderful garden are subject to legal processes and permissions from the relevant people, but hopefully, the garden will open in 2019.
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