Nursery

  • Photo of Flourish Nursery presents £25,000 Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree

    Flourish Nursery presents £25,000 Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree

    Flourish Nursery is delighted to display their newest arrival, a huge Taxus Cloud Bonsai tree. During a trip to Tuscany in September last year, Alex and his colleagues agreed to purchase the most expensive tree their Italian suppliers had to offer. The tree stands in a 2.5 ton wooden pot and is 3.5m in height and width. It is important to the nursery that they showcase the weird and the wonderful. Alex Bayman, director at Flourish Nursery, said: “We go out to the Tuscan Hills to buy amazing specimens for our nursery. We aim to have that extra special wow…

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  • Photo of Crowders Nurseries contributes to ‘Planting Our Future’ initiative

    Crowders Nurseries contributes to ‘Planting Our Future’ initiative

    Crowders Nurseries is delighted to have helped Solihull Council’s ‘Planting Our Future’ project by planting 11,887 trees across standard and native forestry. The campaign aims to plant 250,000 trees over the next ten years. It was coordinated by Love Solihull, which is an environmental initiative co-ordinated by Solihull Council. They are planning to achieve their goal through local engagement with schools, residents, businesses and community groups. In July 2020, the #LoveSolihull team partnered with the Woodland Trust, who agreed a long-term partnership and helping them get closer to their goal in the first year. Crowders Nurseries is a nationally renowned…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley and Whiting Landscape team up

    Johnsons of Whixley and Whiting Landscape team up

    Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with Whiting Landscape Ltd. The partnership will enhance outdoor areas at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. The Oxfordshire-based science, innovation and technology campus occupies over 700 acres. More than 200 organisations are based there. It is home to a scientific community of more than 6,000 people.   Harwell is now looking to expand. It will add millions of square feet of new buildings, extra public areas and campus amenities. At 48,000 sq. ft, Zeus is the latest building on campus to reach practical completion.   Whiting Landscape Ltd has been responsible for the…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries is certified Plant Healthy

    Provender Nurseries is certified Plant Healthy

    Provender Nurseries is now certified ‘Plant Healthy’. This makes the nursery one of the first to gain certification so far. Plant Healthy is a new quality assurance scheme. It was created to protect horticultural supply business against destructive pest and diseases.   Plant Healthy, developed by the industry with input from Government, sets out key requirements for plant health management.   The Plant Healthy initiative is a high level of voluntary certification for plant health in the UK. It shows that Provender Nurseries has a responsible and ongoing approach to plant health and biosecurity.   The aim of Plant Healthy…

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  • Photo of Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    Hillier Nurseries Bidding Farewell to 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

    After 80 years as an exhibitor, Hillier Nurseries is bidding farewell to the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Hillier was due to exhibit in 2020, celebrating the company’s 155-year history and hoping for a 75th gold.   With the show postponed until September 2021, The business has made the decision not to exhibit.   Chris Francis, Wholesale and Retail Director says:   “Chelsea has always been a significant event on the Hillier calendar. It’s held at the perfect time for the business to show off all the great plants through the spring.   “The unprecedented events of 2020 have been…

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  • Photo of Johnsons donation helps rejuvenate Henshaws grounds

    Johnsons donation helps rejuvenate Henshaws grounds

    Johnsons of Whixley has donated £150 worth of winter interest plants to Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. As part of the 100-year celebrations, Johnsons is giving 12 donations in 2021 to charities across the local region.   Henshaws provides training, including horticulture workshops, for people with a wide range of disabilities.   Plants donated by Johnsons include Hamamelis, Skimmia, Sarcococca and Helleborus.   The plants will be in the sensory garden and other prominent places around the Centre. They will bring a splash of colour for the art makers and staff currently attending.   Henshaws Fundraising Manager, Gemma…

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  • Photo of Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries receives ISO for peat reduction targets

    Wyevale Nurseries has revealed it has passed its ISO 14001 Environmental Audit this year with its prime objective for 2021 being further peat reduction and taking it below 50%. The Hereford-based business has been awarded a certificate for its Environmental Management System, which meets requirements for the production and supply of container-grown stock to garden centres and amenity markets. Steve Reed, production director container division at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted to announce we’ve just passed our ISO 14001 Environmental Audit for the 10th year running with our prime objective being peat reduction, followed by a continued decrease in the…

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  • Photo of HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    HS2 will plant more than 300,000 trees this winter as part of the project’s Green Corridor programme. This adds to the 430,000 trees already planted across Phase One, taking the total to over 730,000 by the spring. Up to seven million trees will eventually be planted along Phase One, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with HS2, with the winter programme being carried out by a number of specialist ecology companies subcontracted to HS2’s enabling works contractors, in locations between London and North…

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  • Photo of Maelor Forest Nurseries appoints new managing director

    Maelor Forest Nurseries appoints new managing director

    Maelor Forest Nurseries Ltd has announced the appointment of Mark Appleton as its new managing director. Mark took up his post on 18 November 2020. He will take over the day to day running of the nursery from long-standing managing director and founder, Mike Harvey, who will be taking retirement in 2021. Mike was pivotal to the successful acquisition of Maelor by BSW Timber Ltd in 2019. Mike and Mark will be working in tandem over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition is achieved. Mark brings with him many years’ experience operating at a senior level, notably holding…

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  • Photo of Former RHS show manager joins Provender Nurseries

    Former RHS show manager joins Provender Nurseries

    Provender Nurseries has strengthened its online presence with the newly appointed online sales manager, Lizzy Patterson. The position is new to Provender Nurseries and has been created in order to improve the customer journey on Provender Nurseries’ website. The role involves close contact with the sales director, marketing manager, business development manager and online sales order processors. The new role will involve overseeing many aspects of Provender Nurseries website including: managing and supporting the online sales orders, organising promotions, dealing with any customer issues on the website and maintain and facilitate continuous development of the website and inventory. Lizzy joined…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries strengthens its focus on biosecurity

    Provender Nurseries strengthens its focus on biosecurity

    Provender Nurseries has changed the role of its nursery manager to reflect his work on biodiversity. Stuart Tickner, who has been nursery manager for the last six years, now has the title of nursery production and biosecurity manager. Stuart has seen the job role change enormously throughout his time at Provender Nurseries due to change in biosecurity procedures, associated paperwork and managing APHA inspections on site. Stuart manages the biosecurity onsite and at all of its developing, newly acquired offsite growing facilities that require paperwork for plant procurement and traceability. Working closely with APHA and other advisory bodies, biosecurity used…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries employs two Hadlow College students

    Provender Nurseries employs two Hadlow College students

    After working closely with the potting on and growing of hardy nursery stock, Provender Nurseries has taken on two former Hadlow College students on a part-time basis. They will work under nursery manager Stuart Tickner and with the nursery team undertaking general nursery work and learning new skills. Working within the existing nursery team, their daily tasks include unloading lorries, watering, weeding, labelling and feeding plants on site. New skills have been gained already, including creating plant displays, interacting with customers, pruning of topiary plants and biosecurity. Whilst working at Provender Nurseries both students are also being tested with regular…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley creates extra growing capacity

    Johnsons of Whixley creates extra growing capacity

    Johnsons of Whixley has created more than 5000 sqm of additional bed space for plants of the future at two of its nursery sites located In Kirk Hammerton and Roecliffe, North Yorkshire. Johnsons, one of the largest commercial plant suppliers to both the landscape and garden centre sectors in the UK, has increased its production capacity as a result of reduced sales brought about by the recent crisis and as a reaction to potential Brexit trading constraints. Recent projects have delivered sufficient growing space to produce an extra 320,000 extra landscape and garden plants per year. The facilities comprise of…

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  • Photo of Brambledown and Johnsons team up for lakeside services scheme

    Brambledown and Johnsons team up for lakeside services scheme

    Durham landscaping firm Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd and Yorkshire-based nursery Johnsons of Whixley have created lakeside gardens at the new Skelton Lakes service station on the M1 near Leeds. Johnsons supplied plants worth more than £110K to the scheme, which aims to bring new levels of design and quality to visitors when it opens this summer. The area, at Junction 45, will include a business centre and community facilities, in addition to a range of food and drink outlets, a visitor area and lakeside viewing deck across a total of 30 acres. The main building will feature exposed timber beams…

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  • Photo of Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up to help Waterfront Business Park bloom

    Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up to help Waterfront Business Park bloom

    One of the UK’s largest landscaping companies, Ashlea Ltd, has teamed up with commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley to enhance the grounds of the new Waterfront Business Park in Barrow-In-Furness. The £3.5m project comprises of offices, workshops and industrial buildings that are already home to several businesses including BAE, which has occupied a sizeable unit since phase one of the scheme opened in 2017. Located at the gateway to Britain’s ‘energy coast’, the development is regarded as a hotspot for growing businesses. The team at Ashlea completed the groundworks and planting for the grounds of the business park, choosing to…

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  • Photo of All female nursery business expands export sales to the UK

    All female nursery business expands export sales to the UK

    Two nurseries in Tuscany are cooperating to significantly expand their market by developing sales to the UK. Operating from Pistoia, the two nurseries – Vivai Masetti Sabino and Vivai Biagini – cooperate together under the brand Tuscany Growers. This is entirely owned and operated by women, making it the only female-run organisation in the Italian nursery industry. Owned and managed by Gianna Masetti, Vivai Masetti Sabino was established in 1960 and has 22ha of production. Three of these hectares are for container production with plants produced in pot sizes ranging from 12L to 700L. Specialisms include medium to large plants…

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  • Photo of Crowders to help landscapers ‘get back on their feet’

    Crowders to help landscapers ‘get back on their feet’

    Crowders has announced it will offer extended credit terms up to 120 days for all new business received from 1 June to 31 August. The decision comes after recognising that many companies within the landscape sector now getting back to work after may struggle with cash flow to begin with, until they are able to make claims for and receive payment. James Carter, sales director, explains “We recognise that cash flow will be one of the biggest challenges facing those in the landscape sector after such a long lay-off. Many will have had few or no invoices to raise in…

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  • Photo of Firms transform old council site into an award-winning mixed-use development

    Firms transform old council site into an award-winning mixed-use development

    Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley teamed up with four other businesses as part of a £40m transformation project where a former council depot has been converted into an award-winning mixed-use development. The King’s Stables Road site, situated in a historic quarter of Edinburgh, includes a seven-storey private apartment block. This mixed-use development consists of 166 premium student accommodation, private roof terraces, a four-star apart-hotel, and a series of ground-floor commercial spaces, complete with stunning private and public courtyards. Construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland delivered the scheme designed by award-winning architecture firm Fletcher Joseph Associates and landscape architects HarrisonStevens, with p1 Contractors…

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  • Photo of Johnsons’ donation helps rejuvenate local playing fields and caravan site

    Johnsons’ donation helps rejuvenate local playing fields and caravan site

    North Yorkshire-based commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has donated trees and hedging plants to help rejuvenate and enhance the local playing fields and caravan site at one of its local villages, Rufforth. Redevelopment of Rufforth cricket pavilion, changing rooms, bar and caravan park are all part of planned works by the Rufforth Playing Fields Association. Over the winter months, members were litter picking and planting spring bulbs along with 250 cell grown trees and shrubs donated by the Forestry Commission. Johnsons has given 300 Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), nine fruit trees including Malus domestica and Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’ and associated rabbit…

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  • Photo of The HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’

    The HTA launches ‘Plants Near Me’

    Following on from the HTA campaign last week to highlight the financial plight of ornamental horticulture growers during the coronavirus shutdown, the HTA has been inundated with messages from the public wanting to support the industry. To help connect growers with the public, the HTA  has launched the ‘Plants Near Me’ webpage –plantsnearme.hta.org.uk – allowing the public to find local growers and garden centres that are offering home delivery. To make this initiative a success, the HTA is urging members and non-members to add their details to the database, so that the resource can become a comprehensive online directory for…

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  • Photo of Yorkshire plant nursery creates a rainbow of plants for hope

    Yorkshire plant nursery creates a rainbow of plants for hope

    Yorkshire-based nursery Johnsons of Whixley has created a rainbow display of small shrubs, grasses and perennials in a range of foliage and flower colours as a symbol of hope for all those affected by coronavirus. The trade plant nursery, located between Harrogate and York, was approached with the idea by garden designer Helen Taylor after the site was targeted by vandals last week, leaving the nursery with serious damage to its plant production beds. Helen Taylor says: “I’d been noticing all the lovely rainbow pictures drawn by children in windows and I realised I could design and create a rainbow…

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  • Photo of Thieves destroy thousands of plants at Johnsons of Whixley

    Thieves destroy thousands of plants at Johnsons of Whixley

    Thousands of plants have been destroyed after a break-in at Johnsons of Whixley, a commercial nursery in North Yorkshire. The plants were deliberately run over by a dumper truck which was stolen from Johnsons of Whixley between 10pm and 12am on Thursday 26 March. The stolen truck was used to remove a bowser containing 1,000L of fuel. It was then driven through Johnsons’ perimeter fence and onto the A59, ploughing through the plants in the process. The truck was subsequently left, but the diesel was taken. Managing director Graham Richardson said the vandals drove the truck over tens of thousands…

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  • Photo of Van den Berk opens a nursery in the UK

    Van den Berk opens a nursery in the UK

    After the establishment of Van den Berk Limited in 2019, Van den Berk has now announced the establishment of a nursery in the UK. The decision to set-up a dedicated location in the UK was made following a strong demand from clients and specifiers for specimen trees and a desire to provide a quality service throughout the year. Van den Berk contracted a plot in Mirfield, just off the M62 and M1 junctions. The nursery will be a shop window for high quality, specialist trees, produced in the 450ha nursery in The Netherlands, and will have facilities for growing trees…

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  • Photo of Johnsons of Whixley supplies over 25,000 plants to the Parks Trust

    Johnsons of Whixley supplies over 25,000 plants to the Parks Trust

    In Milton Keynes, the Parks Trust has ownership to ensure the city’s unique green landscape is managed and protected forever without having to compete for funds with other council departments. Caring for river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads that represent 25% of the city, the Trust was created in 1992 and endowed with a substantial property and investment portfolio, that pays for the vital work of nurturing and enhancing the landscape, remaining entirely self-funded. Johnsons supply to The Parks Trust included more than 20,000 hedging transplants including 9,000 Cornus, 3,500 Ligustrum ovalifolium, more…

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  • Photo of Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

    Boningale Ltd launches Potback to recycle plastic plant pots

    Boningale Ltd has developed Potback, an innovative plastic plant pot recycling process for use by clients, preventing pots from being sent for landfill. Currently, plastic plant pots containing carbon black pigment are not widely accepted in kerbside collections, meaning many pots are sent to general waste, with landfill as a final destination. With an estimated 500 million plastic pots in circulation every year, the issue is far-reaching, and has contributed to a stigma around industry attitudes towards waste management and recycling. Boningale Ltd’s Potback aims to minimize these issues by reducing the number of pots sent to landfill. Potback facilitates…

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