Salford’s green credentials showcased six months before RHS garden opens

A video about RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of a series of short films demonstrating Salford’s green credentials, has been released six months prior to the garden’s opening on 11 May next year.

The film includes an interview with Richard Green, the head of new RHS Bridgewater, who said: “Salford’s got a reputation and it’s not about green space and that’s just not true. We already know that Salford’s got lots of green spaces and this is one of the best or it will be when it opens next year. The scientific links between green spaces, the natural environment, and all of our wellbeing, are really well established now, so I think this is definitely a great benefit for everybody in Salford.”

The addition of RHS Garden Bridgewater will make the city an even greener and more beautiful place, joining Salford’s 74 parks – eight with Green Flag status. Films in the #GreenSalford series are designed to update perceptions of Salford by emphasising the quality of life available within the borough, with significant investment in recent years.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “The arrival of RHS Garden Bridgewater will make Salford an even greener city. It’s exactly five years since the RHS announced their plans to create a stunning new garden in Salford. Although the pandemic delayed this year’s opening, there is now more time for plants to grow so it will look even more spectacular when it opens in six months’ time. We’re proud to have negotiated an agreement for local residents to visit the garden free every Tuesday. This is the first time the RHS has given free access to the community around one of its gardens so Salford is already making its mark and doing things differently.

“Salford City Council are working in partnership with Marketing Manchester and University of Salford on the #GreenSalford project. It’s all about raising awareness of the city’s green space and now more than ever before, people are recognising the importance of these spaces and the benefits they bring and are proud that Salford is such a green city.”

Sheona Southern, managing director of Marketing Manchester, added: “The ability to access green space is an incredibly important factor for people considering where they want to live, work, visit and study. By helping to showcase Salford’s green credentials we hope to be able play a part in influencing decisions that lead to inward investment, jobs and economic growth.

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 substantial economic and tourism benefits to the city, its communities and the north west region.

The RHS Garden Bridgewater film, along with the other seven #Green Salford films can be viewed on the Visit Manchester website along with an interview with head of RHS Bridgewater, Richard Green.