Sophia Mason and Philippa Charles, from the Garfield Weston Foundation, replace the last brick.
Funding boost for RHS Garden Bridgewater
The RHS has received two major grants to support the development of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford.
- A grant of £5 million was given by the Garfield Weston Foundation to fund the development of the historic walled garden
- A further grant of £0.5 million was awarded by Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to develop the garden’s lakes
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said: "These grants demonstrate the level of confidence and faith that people have in our plans to bring this remarkable garden back to life. The walled garden and our beautiful lakes are at the very heart of our ambitious plans to make RHS Garden Bridgewater one of the best in the country."
Restoring the walled garden
The magnificent 11-acre Walled Garden, one of the most impressive original features of the historic grounds at Worsley New Hall, Salford, was one of the largest in the country. It was constructed in the early 1840s and featured an impressive sequence of kitchen gardens to service the long-gone house. Little of the original planting remains, and its restoration, thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation, is one of the most ambitious horticultural projects of the 21st century.
Sophia Mason, Trustee and Philippa Charles, Director from the Garfield Weston Foundation, kindly visited RHS Garden Bridgewater in January 2019 to replace the last of 100,000 bricks in the 170-year-old wall surrounding the newly named 11-acre 'Weston Walled Garden' – completing this phase of the historic project.
Philippa Charles, previously said: "Our Trustees are delighted to support RHS Garden Bridgewater and anticipate it will provide many opportunities in the North West from jobs and volunteering to education and training. We hope the beautiful 'Weston Walled Garden' will be a jewel in the centre of the project – it is a quintessential secret garden that will be accessible to all."
Renovating the lakes
The grant from Arcadia Fund is restoring the historic lake, constructing a new lake, and supporting other work to improve the surrounding biodiversity of RHS Garden Bridgewater.
Lisbet Rausing, Arcadia Fund, added: "RHS Garden Bridgewater will prove an invaluable asset for both local wildlife and people. We are delighted to be a playing a role in the garden’s development and helping to secure and improve its biodiversity."
Help us to bring the garden to life
Fundraising for RHS Garden Bridgewater continues, with a target of £4.8 million still to raise to complete the garden in time for its opening in summer 2020.
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RHS Garden Bridgewater is a result of a collaboration between the RHS, Peel Land and Property, and Salford City Council. All legal processes are complete and the RHS now has a 999 year lease on the garden.