RHS names designers

The RHS is to work with two of the country’s top designers on plans for its new flagship garden and a revamp of Wisley.

Tom Stuart-Smith will create the overall design for the new RHS Garden Bridgewater, while Christopher Bradley-Hole is to further develop plans for Wisley, including a new visitor hub and welcome area.

The Society’s fifth garden is being made in the lost historic grounds of Worsley New Hall, Salford. The 156-acre garden will include restoring the 10-acre walled kitchen garden and is due to open in 2019.

“There is amazing potential here to make something innovative, relevant and distinctly different,” said Tom Stuart-Smith, who has won eight golds at Chelsea.

Plans for Wisley include a new horticultural science and educational centre, while the improved entrance will encompass exhibition space, a bigger plant centre and shop and an area for specialist nurseries.

Award-winning Christopher Bradley-Hole specialises in contemporary landscapes with a focus on how buildings relate to their surroundings.

Both projects are part of the RHS’ 10-year £160m investment programme to achieve its vision of enriching life through plants and making the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

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