The long-awaited RHS Garden Bridgewater has revealed its official opening date following extensive delays caused by the ongoing pandemic – with bookable tickets available now. From Tuesday 18 May, visitors will be able to explore this 145-acre garden and the biggest horticultural project undertaken in Europe since plans for its development were confirmed in 2017. The highly anticipated cultural renovation has seen the historic Worsley New Hall restored, refurbished and transformed into a plant-lovers paradise – and Salford residents can get free access each Tuesday for the first year it’s open.
A beacon of gardening inspiration, this colourful and airy space boasts countless features that plant fanatics will love, including state-of-the-art floral design created by gold medal winners from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The fifth RHS garden and first of its kind to be situated in an urban environment, the space aims to become a local hub of inspiration, engagement, biodiversity and community.
Must-see areas include the Weston Walled Garden – an 11-acre green space that claims to be the largest publicly walled garden in the UK. Once inside, visitors will be treated to Asiatic and Mediterranean-inspired exotic plants housed in the Paradise Garden, alongside an array of unusual edible plants in the Kitchen Garden.
The Community Wellbeing Garden, Community Grow area and Peel Learning Garden aim to bring local communities together to celebrate horticulture, while the Chinese Streamside Garden promises to be the first authentic Chinese garden in the UK, offering a 4-acre woodland play area for kids to enjoy when complete.
Tickets for RHS Garden Bridgewater (including free slots for Salford residents from Tuesday 25 May) are now available for pre-bookable time slots throughout summer – but hurry, they won’t last long. Visit the RHS website to find out more.
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- Simon Bland
- Published on:
- Tue 27 Apr 2021