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Family nurseries team up to restore Grade II listed barn

Two family nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley and Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, team up to supply plants for a Grade II listed, newly-renovated barn.
Tithe Barn, is set within the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire’s majestic Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. It has had developers Cripps & Co working on restoring the barn, built in the 1500s, back to its former glory.
Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd carried out ground works such as seeding, turfing and planting work. Fellow family-run nursery, Johnsons, supplied £19,000 worth of products. This included 78 trees, 13 pleached Quercus Ilex and over 3,000 shrubs.

Colin Simpson, senior estimator at Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, said:

“It has been such a privilege for us to associate with the renovation of Tithe Barn. I can see the beautifully landscaped gardens and views being on many wedding photographs for years to come.”

Ellie Richardson, marketing co-ordinator at Johnsons of Whixley said:

“It’s fantastic to work on the transformation of Tithe Barn. We have supplied the Bolton Abbey Estate for many years so it’s lovely to supply another area too. Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd has done a wonderful job of the outdoor space and the barn itself is spectacular.”

Andrew Barker, amenity sales representative for Johnsons, further added:

“It is wonderful to work on projects where the planting really finishes the project. Hopefully it will provide a backdrop for some fantastic wedding pictures. As always, it’s been great working with true professional contractors in Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd.”
To find out more from Johnsons of Whixley, click here.
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