The scheme forms part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s £30m plan to create a 62 hectare garden in Worsley, Salford. It is the society’s first new garden in 17 years and the RHS calls it “the largest gardening project in Europe”.
RHS is restoring the lost historic grounds at Worsley New Hall in Salford which form part of the third Duke of Bridgewater’s estate and adjoin the Bridgewater Canal. Landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith has created an overall master plan for the garden. It includes the restoration of the 11-acre Walled Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, and a new perennial meadow entrance garden, laid out like a web and incorporating the new lake. This will be connected to the original, historic lake by a water garden of interlocking streams and cascades.
Project architect Hodder & Partners will now be novated to the construction partnership. Planning permission was granted in June 2017 and the RHS anticipates opening in 2020.
It is anticipated that it will attract up to 700,000 visitors per year by its 10th year of opening.