A hybrid planning application has been submitted by our Manchester Planning team for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to establish its fifth garden – a 150+ acre site on the outskirts of Salford on designated Green Belt land.
The new garden, to be known as RHS Garden Bridgewater, is part of the RHS 10 year £160 million investment programme to enrich everyone’s life through plants and will bring back to life the site of the former Worsley New Hall, a locally listed heritage asset. The revival of a site of this scale represents one of the largest contemporary gardening projects in Europe and one that will result in the creation of a world class horticultural visitor attraction and vibrant community resource for local people.
The extensive plans, designed by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith and Manchester architects Hodder and Partners will include the development of a new Welcome Building, demonstration and teaching allotments, a shop and café, an events and learning space, a new glasshouse and school of horticulture, and the sensitive restoration of the historic Walled Garden and its existing accompanying buildings.
Highlighting the benefits of this restorative, sustainable development, Vincent Ryan, Planning Director in our Manchester office said “Through returning this historic site to active use the new garden will deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits to Greater Manchester and the North West region, enhancing the growing cluster of tourist attractions.
“Alongside the improvement and benefit to the local natural and historical environment, the multiple opportunities for the local communities is immense. From direct jobs and valuable upskilling from a dedicated volunteering, training and apprenticeships programme through to improved access to nature and the regenerative benefits of gardening via a large number of community gardening projects and partnerships with local schools and hospitals and social services.”
RHS Garden Bridgewater, made possible through a collaboration between the RHS, Peel Land and Property and Salford City Council, is expected to see visitor numbers reach between 600-700,000 by 2029 and see the creation of 140 direct and 180 indirect jobs.
If planning permission is granted, work could start on site by Spring 2017 with the aim of opening the Walled Garden to the public in June 2019.
Note: Images provided by Architects, Hodder & Partners
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