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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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  • Photo of Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

    Two awards for Johnsons of Whixley

    Yorkshire commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley have won ‘Family Business of the Year’ and overall ‘Business of the Year’ as well as being shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the York Press Business Awards on Thursday 21 November. The black-tie ceremony was held at York Racecourse and included an evening reception and three-course meal before the awards ceremony took place which was hosted by BBC presenter Colin Hazelden-Brice. The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from all sectors across York, North and East Yorkshire with ten categories in total including ‘New Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, ‘Business…

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  • Photo of Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop

    Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop

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  • Photo of Johnsons team up with Evoke to create an outdoor learning area in West Yorkshire

    Johnsons team up with Evoke to create an outdoor learning area in West Yorkshire

    Johnsons of Whixley has recently teamed up with Evoke Landscape Design Ltd to create an outdoor learning area at Hightown Junior Infant & Nursery School, Liversedge.   The junior school already has an extensive allotment and orchard on the grounds as well as an area for rearing chickens and ducks.   The new area designed by Bradford landscape design business Evoke will further enhance the outdoor learning space and hopes to encourage wildlife. With 120 used tyres from a local garage added to create a living retaining wall around the new area, the tyres have been filled with sensory plants…

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  • Photo of Bernhard’s Nurseries keeps growing

    Bernhard’s Nurseries keeps growing

    Rugby based Bernhard’s Nurseries has had another big year supplying show gardens, with success in over 20 gardens across RHS Chelsea, Chatsworth, Hampton Court and Tatton Park and plans for an even bigger 2020 are already in place.   Sales manager Lewis Normand, who coordinates all show garden projects told us: “We’ve really enjoyed working with some amazing designers this year, and we feel that we have produced some pretty special plants for them. Next year we have further expansion plans thanks to our general manager, John Marsden who is actively adding to our infrastructure.”   This means that Bernhard’s…

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  • Photo of Tackling the Toxic Caterpillar

    Tackling the Toxic Caterpillar

    With reports of Oak Processionary Moth on the rise, Pro Landscaper finds out exactly what the tree pest is and how the industry is responding to the threat of it spreading across the UK A few years ago, the only place oak processionary moth (OPM) could be found in the UK was London. This year, though, the unusual tree pest is being discovered as far afield as Cardiff and Sheffield. Wolverhampton-based Boningale Nurseries is so concerned about it spreading that it has ceased importing oak trees, and the RHS banned the species from being brought onto the show ground at…

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  • Photo of Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview Event – new season, new plants

    Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview Event – new season, new plants

    Kickstart the autumn season with Provender Nurseries Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants Come and join us for a week of Autumn Preview – New Season, New Plants.  Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September from 7am to 5pm.  Hot food will be served between 10am to 2pm Let us show you around our new autumn stock and highlight some of the fantastic plants we can offer you for the season ahead.  Autumn is a bountiful time of year and there will be a great choice of plants to keep you up to date with the latest offerings and…

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  • Photo of Trio of businesses team up to help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in Manchester

    Trio of businesses team up to help enhance the grounds of a new luxury hotel in Manchester

    Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with landscaping experts Gavin Jones Ltd and landscape architecture consultants PWP Design Ltd to help enhance the grounds at the Dakota, an elegant new hotel in central Manchester. Simon Hall, Design Director at PWP Design explained that the planting design: “aimed to create a luxurious style using clipped evergreen shrubs, sculptural feature trees and lush green ground cover for a series of planting areas and pots that frame the terrace, address Ducie Street and define the parking courtyard and main entrance”. Johnsons supplied hundreds of herbaceous, shrub and grass varieties for the…

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  • Photo of Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

    Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

    Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK Plant Health Service are taking steps to eradicate recent findings of OPM in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. These steps may include surveillance, tracing and destruction of the caterpillars and infested trees. OPM feeds heavily on oak leaves and weakens the tree, leaving it very vulnerable to other pests, diseases and…

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  • Photo of Contract to deliver HS2’s green corridor boosts Crowder’s Nurseries

    Contract to deliver HS2’s green corridor boosts Crowder’s Nurseries

    Lincoinshire business Crowder’s Nurseries will be supplying 7 million trees and shrubs which will create more than 650 hectares of new woodland between London and Birmingham along the HS2 Phase One route.   The family run SME was awarded the contract in 2016 and has already provided saplings and trees that have been planted along the line of route. HS2 is well advanced with the creation of a green corridor along the route of the new railway and, with 350,000 new trees already planted and 26 areas of new habitat created for wildlife.   The company employs 50 local people…

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  • Photo of Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up on project

    Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up on project

    Ashlea Ltd and Johnsons team up to enhance the grounds of the new, purpose-built Windermere Jetty Museum.   The Windermere Jetty museum was opened at the start of April by the Prince of Wales. It includes over 40 vessels including the SL dolly, which is thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. Also, dugout boats dating between 1200 and 1320 AD and the famous tarn boat used in Beatrix Potter’s sketches.   The museum will house the boats in and outside of the building. A key element of the design was to include the spectacular views…

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  • Photo of Still no cure for Xylella, says EFSA

    Still no cure for Xylella, says EFSA

    The European Food and Safety Authority has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU. EFSA’s Plant Health Panel (PLH) used computer modelling to simulate how X. fastidiosaspreads across short and long distances under different conditions. The modelling showed the importance of implementing control measures, such as those specified by the European Commission, to prevent further spread and even eradicate outbreaks. It illustrated the relative effectiveness of using different-sized buffer…

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  • Photo of Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Birmingham students learn how to make cities greener

    Boningale Nurseries has been sharing its green roof expertise to university students this month. Landscape architects and project managers at Birmingham City University heard how sustainable growth can improve the future of urban environments for both people and wildlife. The university invited Maggie Fennell, a recognised green roof expert from Boningale Nurseries, to deliver a series of guest seminars on sustainable construction. The aim is to give students a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable design and how it can help meet future environmental targets in cities. Maggie explains: “As Birmingham is currently at the heart of large-scale national…

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  • Photo of 25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    25th Gold for David Austin Roses at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

    World-leading rose breeder, David Austin Roses has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This is the 25th in its history of exhibiting.   The Secret Garden themed display features a beautifully fluid, circular design, at the heart of which two  striking new characters from David Austin’s English Rose collection are to be seen in bloom for the first time. Rosa Eustacia Vye (Ausegdon) and Rosa Gabriel Oak(Auscrowd) are both named after beloved characters from Thomas Hardy’s works. They create a stunning centrepiece of scent and colour in a setting befitting a moment of quiet reflection.…

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  • Photo of Hillier Trees support renovation of Holly Bush Farm Estate

    Hillier Trees support renovation of Holly Bush Farm Estate

    Hillier Trees has recently completed a project to supply a number of semi-mature trees and mature hedging plants to Holly Bush Farm in Staffordshire.   “Midland Contractors, were responsible for all hard and soft landscaping. All of which was designed to be of the absolute highest standard across the large estate,” comments Jamie Gormley, Account Manager at Hillier Trees.   “When commencing the soft landscaping elements, we were contacted by them to support. Alongside the quality requirements, it was also an important specification of the project that the finished result looked as though it had been in-situ for many years”.…

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  • Photo of Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

    Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

    Robin Trumper celebrated his retirement after 39 years of service at Wyevale Nurseries.   Robin, who was an amenity & landscape sales executive at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, started working at the firm in October 1980.   Andy Johnson, managing director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Robin has been an incredibly loyal and committed member of the sales team for nearly 40 years. With an encyclopaedic-like knowledge of plants, suppliers and the history of production methods.   “He was always willing to give an opinion and answer all manner of questions to help colleagues and customers alike. Robin had been considering…

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  • Photo of Johnsons supplies plants for award-winning holiday resort

    Johnsons supplies plants for award-winning holiday resort

    Johnsons of Whixley have supplied plants worth more than £75,000 for an award-winning holiday development. The development is close to the beach at Bude, Cornwall.   Johnsons supplied plants to Darwin Escapes for the modernisation of the company’s Sandymouth Holiday Resort. This was over a period of six months.   The supply included 9,000 shrubs and 8,000 hedging transplants, along with hundreds of herbaceous plants.   The Sandymouth resort recently underwent a large modernisation process. This resulted in facilities being updated alongside the introduction of a Go Active programme offering family friendly activities.   The complex has won the Family…

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