RHS Bridgewater has a new bus service

A new weekend bus service will take gardening enthusiasts to the popular RHS Bridgewater Garden.

The bus service has been set up by the South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, the group behind the Rivington Rambler, which takes people from Bolton to Rivington.

The new bus service connects to trains at Walkden station. The bus runs every hour and is ideal for train travelers.

It can also be used by locals in the Walkden area – it uses all the regular bus stops and starts right outside the station.

The bus takes passengers to the main entrance to the RHS Gardens – meaning no trudging up and down the hill from the main road.

There is a flat rate of just £1 adult and 50p children but with a valid train ticket it is free. Normal TfGM concessions are valid.

The service is sponsored by the South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership (SEL CRP) and operated by Diamond Buses North West.

“It’s a great way to get to the amazing gardens of RHS Bridgewater,” said Andy Barlow, Vice President of SEL CRP. “The bus takes you to your door and the rate is very attractive. And there is room to take your plants home on the bus!”

The service is funded by RHS Bridgewater, Northern Trains, Community Rail Network and Transport for Greater Manchester.

It will run until September 25, but if successful, the service could be extended.

The bus runs normally on strike days.

Boltoin School old girl and renowned gardener Carol Klein was invited to open the £35 million RHS Garden Bridgewater last year, in her capacity as RHS Ambassador.

It is the first RHS garden in the northwest.

Four years in the making and a quarter of a million plants in the ground, the RHS’s fifth garden and first urban garden finally opened its gates to the public after a year of delay due to the pandemic.

The garden extends over 154 hectares. Visitors can discover areas including the 11 acre Weston Walled Garden, the jewel in the crown of RHS Garden Bridgewater, believed to be the largest publicly accessible working walled garden in the UK.

It is home to Tom Stuart-Smith’s spectacular Paradise Garden.

The nearby vegetable garden of the award-winning Harris Bugg Studio showcases a plethora of prolific growing techniques and both familiar and more unusual edibles.

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