Nursery

  • 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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  • 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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  • Bernhard's Nurseries

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Holly Bush Farm

    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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  • 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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  • Sandymouth gardens

    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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  • Biosecurity

    Hossein Arshadi discusses biosecurity

    Hossein Arshadi, divisional director at Hillier Nurseries discusses what’s needed from the government media and public to prevent a very costly breakdown. He discusses why existing initiatives will not work in practice and what is needed from the government media and public to prevent a very costly breakdown in bio security. Q: In recent years there have been several plant health and biosecurity threats to UK trees and plants – for example, Ash dieback, Xylella and Oak Processionary Moth. How concerned is the industry? There are many wide-ranging businesses within the industry. Growers are very concerned, others less so and…

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  • Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

    New sensory garden for Henshaw’s Arts & Crafts Centre

    Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with garden designer Lorna Batchelor to supply plants to a new sensory garden. This garden is at the Henshaw Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.   The new sensory garden will create a safe place for students to learn and explore. It includes nearly £4,000 worth of plants. Such as Sarcococca confusa, Hamamelis mollis and Viburnum bodnantense, grasses for sound and touch. Along with varieties of Stipa, Carex and Phormium included. Around 60 Rhododendrons and Azaleas give a splash of colour in the woodland garden. Ferns and Acers create a tranquil area around the…

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  • Recyclable plant pots

    Wyevale Nurseries phases in recyclable plant pots

    Wyevale Nurseries has started to phase out its black plastic pots replacing them with taupe coloured pots. Supplied by Aeroplas in the West Midlands, it is a bid to fight the war on plastic.   Steve Reed, production director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said:   “We’re pleased to announce that we’re now starting to pot up our retail plants into recyclable taupe plant pots starting with our Astilbes. These pots can then be recycled kerbside by consumers.   “We plan to produce plants in more than 700,000 of the new recyclable pots this year. There…

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  • mental health

    Johnsons of Whixley sponsors mental health awareness garden

    Johnsons of Whixley are sponsoring trees and plants for a show garden dedicated to mental health awareness at this year’s Harrogate Flower Show.   The Mental Health Garden has been designed by Jo Manfredi-Hamer Garden Design and is supporting Leeds Mind. The Leeds mental health charity which provides support and information when people need it most.   Johnsons is providing the trees and plants for the garden which also includes different shades of pebbles. The pebbles represent depression and improved mental health through counselling and support.   A semicolon, sometimes worn by mental health sufferers, has been incorporated into the…

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  • Johnsons of Whixley

    Johnsons of Whixley enhance relaxing retreat

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  • Pot Co

    The Pot Company to Exhibit at Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop

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  • Johnsons

    Johnsons of Whixley part of two award-winning projects

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  • Palmstead Soft Landscape Workshop | January 23 2019

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  • Leading firms team up to beautify luxurious billion-pound project in London

    Leading firms team up to beautify luxurious billion-pound project in London

    One of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley, has been contracted by Kingston Landscape Group to supply thousands of plants to a substantial £1 billion inner-city redevelopment in north west London. The Yorkshire and London-based duo came together to work on Colindale Gardens, a huge luxury redevelopment in Barnet. The renovation by one of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Redrow, includes the building of 2,900 new one to four-bedroom homes surrounded by nine acres, as well as a cycle paths, walkways, cafes, a shopping plaza, school, restaurants and a resident-only gym in Colindale. It’s a project that has seen Kingston…

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