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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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    • best business

      Yorkshire nursery celebrates best business shortlist

      North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is on the region’s best business shortlist for the second year running.   This list is compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press publication. The ‘York Top 100 Businesses’ report has nominated Johnsons as 34th place in the ‘Top 100 Businesses’ awards for 2018.   The Top 100 shortlist uses an algorithm devised by York Business School. It considers key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth and staff numbers. Johnsons placed at number 55 in 2017 – the report’s inaugural year.   First established in…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley

      Johnsons of Whixley trials plant pots aimed at reducing landfill

      Commercial horticultural nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is trialling a revolutionary new type of plant pot to fight the industry battle against plastic waste. Johnsons’ new taupe-coloured plant pots, in collaboration with pot manufacturer Aeroplas UK, are made from 98 per cent of recycled plastic and are detectable by domestic waste separation systems which means they can be put back into the recycling stream. They are distinct from standard pots, which feature a carbon pigment that compromises recognition, and results in millions of pots ending up in landfill every year. Johnsons’ new product is set to be tested throughout 2019 to identify any…

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    • Stoneleigh Park

      The Nursery Supply Show finds new home at Stoneleigh Park

      The HTA Nursery Supply Show, sponsored by ICL, is moving to a bigger and easily accessible home at Stoneleigh Park in Hall 1. This is directly connected to the HTA National Plant Show.   The show has moved halls to give more space for development. The new venue will ease flow of visitors between the National Plant Show and the Nursery Supply Show. The shows take place on 18 and 19 June 2019.   Hall 1 will offer an opportunity to solidify the Nursery Supply Show as a must attend event in the industry. It is showcasing UK horticulture and…

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    • Johnsons of Whixley dives in to help multi-million pound wave wall project

      Leading UK commercial nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, has made a splash in Lancashire – supplying thousands of plants for a £10 million coastal town development. The wave reflection wall in Morecambe was officially opened last month (15th October) with new surfacing, seating and lighting, as a multi-million pound project to help to improve the flood defence of the town. Large contractors, Ashlea Ltd, worked on the soft landscaping for the wave reflection wall and enlisted North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, to supply shrubs and grasses. Varieties including over 1,700 Pinus Mugo Mops (dwarf mountain pine), 400 Santolina incana, more…

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    • quarry

      Green-tech protect 29,500 trees at East Midlands quarry

      Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside. The Project Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in…

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    • amenity

      Wyevale Nurseries’ announce new 2020 Amenity Plant Range

      Eight new plants are taking their place in the amenity crop range for 2020 at Wyevale Nurseries. The plants selection based itself on their habit, colour and functionality.   Kyle Ross, production manager at Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford, explained: “We have been trialling and testing these plants over the past two years. This is to ensure the crops we put forward are the absolute best for our customers.   “Trialling consists of reviews of the plant’s hardiness. Comparing different growing and pruning methods. Finally Wyevale go through monitoring their susceptibility to pest and diseases.”   The selection includes: Amelanchier…

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    • family nurseries

      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…

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