After months of speculation, the RHS have announced the location of their long awaited garden in the North West of England. And what a remarkable site they have gone for.
The site has been named this week as being Worsley New Hall in Salford, Greater Manchester. The site forms part of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater’s estate.
The garden is 156 acres, and from the look of the images released so far is in need of complete refurbishment.
Vegetable gardeners will be delighted to learn that the walled garden at Worsley is 10 acres, one of the largest in the UK.
The garden is going to take over 3 years to restore, and will open to the public in 2019.
The restoration will involve the rebuilding of the 10-acre walled kitchen garden which was demolished in 1949, will be restored as part of the Salford project.
Many of the gardens historical features will be recreated, including a tree lined garden approach and the terraces, which sit between the lake and the former site of Worsley New Hall.
A new learning centre for schools will teach pupils about horticulture.
The garden, developed on the 19th-century site, aims to attract one million visitors every year.
The RHS have set up a new Twitter feed for the garden, @
This is wonderful news for the gardeners who will be able to transform the garden, to British growers who will have the opportunity to supply the many thousands of plants that will be required.