I’ve always held a fascination with walled gardens. During the 1980’s the BBC produced a series called The Victorian Kitchen Garden. Based in Berkshire, the programme reconstructed a disused kitchen garden with the help of its previous Head Garden, Mr Harry Dodson, and ran it using Victorian techniques and practises.
RHS Garden Bridgewater
Over the year we watched Harry take on this overgrown mess, turning it into a beautiful and bountiful kitchen garden. I had the opportunity to visit this walled garden a few years ago but am sad to report that nothing is left. Beds and borders have been invaded with grass and the structures are no longer standing. It is sad to think that these walled gardens are not being used for their original purposes.
A brand new walled garden
Last month the Royal Horticultural Society made the announcement that they were creating their own walled kitchen garden, making it the fifth garden the charitable organisation will own.
Based in Salford, North-West England, RHS Garden Bridgewater is planned to open in 2019. The investment is part of a £100 million programme to make the UK a greener place and to enrich the lives of people through plants. This is a fantastic initiative for garden design in the UK.
Covering 156 acres, the gardens are a part of the historical grounds attached to Worsley New Hall and will be a landmar of garden design. Overseeing the reconstruction of the 10-acre walled kitchen garden is landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, one of the formost experts in garden design.
RHS Bridgewater is a collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society, Salford City Council and Peel Land and Property.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, said:
“We always thought it would take us a long time to find the ideal site for our Fifth Garden, but with its beautiful landscapes, good public transport links and outstanding location, Worsley New Hall was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
In addition to the walled gardens, Bridgewater will showcase a tree-lined Garden Approach and restoration of the Lost Terraces which can be found between a lake and the hall.
Next month I’m being given a private tour of this new project and very much look forward to watching the progress of this new walled garden over the coming years.