The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has annouced that the opening date for RHS Garden Bridgewater has been postponed to Tuesday 11 May 2021 due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
To ensure the health and safety of its staff and contractors and following UK Government advice regarding social distancing, the RHS has been operating at limited capacity at its Salford site, delaying the build of its fifth garden which was originally due to open this July.
The new Government measures have paused some projects and slowed others and when it does open in Spring 2021, the creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater will bring so many health and wellbeing benefits to local people and beyond.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “Whilst this is disappointing news for so many, we know that everyone will understand why we had to make this delay. As with every decision we make, the health and safety of our employees and contractors is paramount.
“RHS Garden Bridgewater will now open the week before RHS Chelsea Flower Show, meaning that in May 2021 the RHS will be doing more than ever in its history to promote gardening, growing and horticulture to support nurseries, growers, the horticultural industry and really get the nation gardening, I think everyone now knows how important this is for our health and the environment so what better way to celebrate the return of Spring and British horticulture at its finest.”
Notes to editors:
RHS Garden Bridgewater is made possible by Salford City Council and Peel L&P. Salford City Council invested £19 million into the project which will bring a wide range of benefits to the city from economic and social to community, health, education, cultural, heritage and tourism.
Charitable funding to create the garden has been given by:
Salford City Council, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, Chinese Streamside Garden Funding Group, EU Rural Payments Agency, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Preston Family Charitable Settlement and with thanks to all other donors, companies, charitable trusts and RHS Members who have given so generously.