RHS Garden Bridgewater opens

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Opening tomorrow is the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of Europe’s largest gardening projects.

The kitchen garden at Bridgewater. Image – RHS

To clear one thing up. The garden is not in the Somerset town of Bridgewater but in the north west of England in Salford. It has that name because Worsley New Hall – where the garden is – was the home of the Duke of Bridgewater, the man responsible for vitalising the canal industry.

Opening tomorrow is the first phase of RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of Europe’s largest gardening projects.

Uncultivated for decades, the site took many years of work

The creation of Bridgewater – the Society’s first new garden in 17 years – is the largest gardening project in Europe and will include an Orchard Garden, Wellbeing Garden, Kitchen Garden, Paradise Garden, a Learning Garden and community teaching allotments, all set within the Weston Walled Garden, one of the biggest walled gardens in the country.

As I said this is just phase one. Gradually the rest of RHS Garden Bridgewater will open from this summer onwards. Initially the site will operate at limited capacity, delaying the build of our fifth garden, which was originally due to open this July. This is to ensure the health and safety of staff and contractors,

When and how many of us will be able to visit the gardens will be decided as things return to whatever normality is.

The centrepiece of RHS Bridgewater is the eleven acre, Weston Walled Garden although, in truth, it is really eleven gardens in one. As with many earlier large estates in the walled garden there is a kitchen garden and a wellbeing one which comprises herbs and plants used in healing.

There are also ambitious future plans which include an arboretum, a Northern College of Horticulture, an architecturally stunning glasshouse and renovation of more of the earlier features such as the renovation of the lost Nesfield terraces.

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