RHS Garden Bridgewater sets opening date

The long-awaited £30m RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford is due to open on 30 July this year.

Arcadis is managing the project on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, co-ordinating a team of landscapers and contractors.

Bam Construction is on site delivering the 154-acre garden, which is cited as the largest gardening project in Europe.

Delivery of the project marks the first new RHS Garden in 17 years, according to Arcadis.

The first phase includes the restoration of the 11-acre Weston Walled Garden and several further gardens are planned, as well as a Welcome Building, designed by Hodder + Partners, which will feature an events space, learning space, offices, café and shop.

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The RHS is hoping to attract around 600,000 to 700,000 visitors to the garden by 2029.

An Arcadis report on Liveable Places was published last month and sets out 10 recommendations on successful placemaking, focusing on the need for development to be pursued collaboratively, with communities, and delivering carbon resilience and construction sustainability.

Arcadis said many recommendations from the report are being put into action at RHS Bridgewater, such as a commitment to sustainability. The Welcome Building will collect rainwater to supply the buildings’ toilets, a borehole aquifer below the site to irrigate the walled garden, a ground source heat pump will provide an energy source for underfloor heating, and a biomass boiler will be installed to heat the garden glasshouses.

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Looks lovely but sounds like it is in Somerset.

By Elephant


By Eileen

It is round the corner from where we live. Really don’t want it. There are too many cars we do not need another garden centre and more cars .

By Debbie Houghton

Great scheme and one that all involved can be very proud of

By Prop pro

Cant waitfor the congestion on leigh rd when it opens bad enough now

By Anonymous

The local residents are extremely concerned about the extra cars and coaches visiting the garden that will add to the existing appalling congestion in the area especially on Leigh Road.

By Anonymous

Maybe the local residents should change their habits and start cycling/using public transport then. You’re only adding to the issues. You don’t have a god-given right to drive your car and expect there not to be congestion

By Anonymous

Surely a lot of the traffic generated by the proposals will occur outside of peak hour congestion anyway?
Pretty sure most people aren’t going to drive to a garden centre at 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Lighten up guys.

By L

A great new asset to Greater Manchester.I’m not sure it can be called a ‘garden centre’ if it’s anything like RHS Wisley.

By Taxed

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