RHS Garden Bridgewater opens

Published: 18 May 2021

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the world’s leading gardening charity, opens the gates of RHS Garden Bridgewater to the public today, Tuesday 18 May, after the coronavirus pandemic delayed plans by almost a year. BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and RHS Ambassador for RHS Garden Bridgewater Carol Klein marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Peel L&P, the regeneration company behind Wirral Waters, are custodians of the former Worsley New Hall estate where the garden has been created.

The 154-acre garden in Salford, Greater Manchester, is the biggest hands-on horticultural project undertaken in Europe since planning permission was granted in 2017. Around 7.8 million people living within an hour’s journey time of the garden will be able to access world-class horticultural inspiration and expertise at the first ever RHS Garden to be located in an urban area.

Steven Underwood, Chief Executive of Peel L&P, said: “RHS Bridgewater is a world class horticultural attraction that brings many health and wellbeing, educational and economic benefits to the local area and we’re excited to see the garden open its doors to the public.

“We’re proud to be a founding partner of RHS Bridgewater and as part of our long-term commitment to the garden, we’re supporting the Peel Learning Garden which will enable school children to learn how plants grow and survive. Engaging with nature benefits young people in many positive ways and we’re committed to supporting children through life enhancing educational and health and wellbeing programmes in partnership with the RHS Garden Bridgewater.”

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