Whether inspiring the next generation of gardeners, helping local groups to enjoy the health benefits of gardening, creating great days out for hundreds of thousands of visitors or even being the setting for marriage proposals - RHS Garden Bridgewater has had a truly memorable first year.
As the garden reaches its first anniversary on Wednesday 18 May, visitor numbers stand at almost half a million and more than 18,000 Salford residents have visited the garden as part of the Free Salford Tuesdays scheme, which has been extended to May 2023.
To celebrate reaching this great milestone, the 500,000th visitor to the garden will receive an RHS Life Membership, so they can enjoy days out at the garden for many years to come.
Following an incredible first year of success, we send our warmest congratulations to the team at the RHS Garden Bridgewater. We look forward to continuing our partnership with RHS Garden Bridgewater and Salford City Council to welcome many more schools, young people and communities to enjoy, explore and feel inspired by this magnificent garden located in the heart of Salford”.
There’s a lot to look forward in year two, including celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Thu 2 – Sun 5 Jun), family fun in the Great Garden Adventure (Sat 23 Jul – Sun 4 Sep) and the first ever Festival of Flavours, celebrating food from around the world (Fri 7 – Sun 9 Oct). And, as the charity gears up to open the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, showgoers will get a first glimpse of the New Blue Peter Garden designed by Juliet Sargeant, which will be relocated to a permanent home at RHS Bridgewater following the show.
RHS Garden Bridgewater is made possible by Salford City Council and The Peel Group. 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 Peel Group are custodians of the former Worsley New Hall estate where the garden has been created.
RHS Garden Bridgewater in numbers – the story so far:
Over 482,000 visitors
18,160 free tickets issued to Salford Residents
162 jobs created with more than 30 more planned for 2022
Engaged with 539 young people and 425 local people on our Community Outreach projects
Community Garden plots, support, tools and seeds supplied to 10 local groups
51 weekly wellbeing sessions provided to service users, carers groups and health care teams (since Sep 21)
147 volunteers across 13 different roles.
Over 290,000 plants, including around 2,000 trees, 100,000 bulbs and 10,000 aquatic plants
Free educational visits for 7,300 young people from 155 schools from all 10 Greater Manchester Boroughs
0 single use plastics used in the Bridgewater Café, saving 78,000 plastic bottles from landfill.
109,000 cakes and over 141,000 cups of coffee served in the Bridgewater Café
20,000 house plants, over 150,000 garden plants and over 25,000 packets of seeds purchased in the Garden Centre
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