Marcus Chilton-Jones, curator of the new RHS Garden Bridgewater, gives our Annual Lecture

Date(s) - 08/09/2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1,

About RHS Bridgewater
RHS Garden Bridgewater is the Royal Horticultural Society’s fifth public display garden. It is located in the village of Worsley in Salford, Greater Manchester, England.

Bridgewater Gardens has been created in 154 acres (62 ha) of the former Worsley New Hall estate, with the Bridgewater Canal forming the southern boundary. It is the RHS’s first new garden since it acquired Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire in 2001, and is one of Europe’s largest gardening projects.

Landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith has created the overall plan, in which the walled kitchen garden will be restored, historic features such as the tree-lined Garden Approach recreated, and the lost terraces reworked. Marcus Chilton-Jones has been appointed the first curator of the garden.

The expected total cost of the project was £32.7m, of which the RHS invested £15.7m of its own funds and received (by December 2019) a further £12.7m through grants and fundraising, including a £5m grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation and further donations from Salford City Council.

About Marcus:

Marcus-Chilton-JonesMarcus Chilton-Jones started in the new role of Curator of RHS Garden Bridgewater in January 2017. He joined the project from the Dorothy Clive Garden in North Staffordshire, where he worked as Curator for eight years.

After I finishing his apprenticeship he worked on a restoration project at Morden Hall Park in southwest London;  restored orchards, rose gardens and lots of features around the historic mansion. He then moved on to Berryfields [former location of BBC Gardeners’ World] which involved setting everything up from scratch: a glasshouse, kitchen garden, borders… but on quite a small scale: it was a TV set if you like, a couple of acres.

His largest restorative (or re-creative) job was at Trentham, where the Italian Gardens cover about 10 acres – the Walled Gardens at RHS Bridgewater cover about 11 acres – so they’re quite similar in terms of scale and what needs to be accomplished.

Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, Leicester University, University Road  (Location map will be sent with tickets)

Parking is always an issue at the University.

There are 150 spaces on the main campus, most of these are on the right as you go in, by the Sports Centre, Entrance 1.  We may use this but there is no guarantee of a space.
There is a new multi storey car park for the University, on Putney Road, just beyond and opposite the entrance to Homebase. This is between 6 to 12 minutes’ walk from the campus and will cost £5. There is a walk through from the back of the car park to Welford Road.
There is also the, LCC car park, for Victoria Park, on Granville Road. (£2 for 3 hours). Sometimes there are spaces on University Road.

Cost: Friends £15 / Guests £17     (includes a glass of wine or soft drink.)

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All profits from this event will go to the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening” scheme. See latest on the Sensory Garden at Millgate School and the Brooksby Melton College Horticultural Award

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