Salford has been named one of the top alternative GLOBAL destination for 2020

It's on the list with the likes of Vienna, Montana, Menorca and Copenhagen...

Masterplan, RHS Garden Bridgewater, drawing by Tom Stuart-Smith. Credit Tom Stuart-Smith
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The list includes destinations that are doing their bit to inspire conservation and community projects that aid both people and the planet.

Salford sits comfortably nestled in a list which boasts the likes of Val di Vara in North-West Italy, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Menorca, Copenhagen, Montana, Vancouver and loads more.

It’s all due to Europe’s BIGGEST gardening project which is taking place in Salford by 700 volunteer gardeners.

The £30m+ site is due to open in summer on the site of a 19th Century mansion, Worsley New Hall.

Alongside the green-fingered folk, GPs are referring patients to the garden through a ‘social prescribing’ pilot scheme to aid those individuals struggling with mobility problems, isolation and other conditions.

The scheme is led by a dedicated therapeutic gardener, Ozichi Brewster, who has helped 40 people already.

Other features include a Kitchen Garden which provides fruit and veg for the on site cafe, a Chinese garden and a calming ‘Paradise Garden’ complete with a large pond.

There’s loads more where that comes from, including a 2-hour guide for £5 available until April. See The Guardian’s original article here.

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