Here we will witness the creation of an entirely new garden at the heart of the Northwest, in Salford, Manchester. The RHS have budgeted £30 million towards the garden and landscape design; Tom Stuart-Smith will oversee the operation.
The project is aiming to create a beautiful fifth garden and it is planned to cover 156 acres of land in an attempt to revive the historic grounds of Worsley New Hall, where the remains of a mid-Victorian estate was built in 1840.
The plans are to recreate the walled garden as the centrepiece of the RHS garden. Also being repurposed are the traditional lines of Victorian kitchen gardens, whilst keeping in-line with the RHS approach to emphasise growing at home techniques.
Many buildings will need to be constructed too, such as; a library, arboretum, learning centres as well as a school of horticulture and various other garden amenities.
There are visions to one day create a giant, commemorative glasshouse on the footprint of the Worsley Victorian estate, but this isn’t part of Tom’s plans just yet.
This garden design service is aiming to be completed by the spring of 2019.
It’s been joked amongst RHS employees that this garden has only been named “RHS Bridgewater” to avoid the confusion of potentially running both “RHS Wisley” and “RHS Worsley” gardens.