The largest gardening project in Europe gets the green light

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has now confirmed that the plans for RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford have the go ahead and work can now begin on the 154 acre garden that is set to be a gleaming jewel of the North West and major tourist attraction.

The largest gardening project in Europe gets the green light

Source: Royal Horticultural Society

The £30 million pound development will be located at Worsley New Hall in Salford and now has the green light. Originally, plans were held off until agreement was made with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government due to concerns raised in regard to the sites location in the green belt.

The landscape architect and eight time gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, Tom Stuart-Smith, has been appointed the enormous task of delivering the planned gardens, the first phase of which is due to open in 2019. The masterplan for the RHS Garden Bridgewater includes a Welcome Building, Stables Café and Learning Centre, each designed masterfully by Manchester-based award-winning architects Hodder and Partners who envisage a state-of-the art proposal that makes the most of natural light with an open-plan style, allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views.

The gardens themselves will boast fruit and vegetable patches along with allotments for use of the community, as well as a Therapeutic Garden. The scheme will also make the most of the nearby lake with a water garden complete with waterfalls.

The City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, commented of the plan: “This is fantastic news for the people of Salford and Greater Manchester. RHS Garden Bridgewater will not only bring the historic grounds of Worsley New Hall back to life, but will also create jobs and business opportunities for the local area.” He emphasised how the garden would not only be an important asset for locals, but would also be a huge driver for local economic development in Salford.

RHS anticipate that the garden will attract at least half a million visitors per year which will boost the already huge tourist activity in the city. The projected visitor numbers will place the RHS Garden Bridgewater as one of the most popular attractions in Greater Manchester, even outperforming famous attractions like Manchester Museum which draws in just under 500,000 visitors per annum.

The director of the RHS, Sue Biggs, commented on the gardens: “We are delighted with this hugely positive news, which will allow us to progress plans for the biggest gardening project in Europe and create our first new garden in 17 years. This news means we can fully embrace our ambition to create one of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in Britain.”

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