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...

By Alex Watson | January 21st '20

Masterplan, RHS Garden Bridgewater, drawing by Tom Stuart-Smith. Credit Tom Stuart-Smith
© Tom Stuart-Smith

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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