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    Horticultural firm sought for £100,000 Scottish park renovation

    Johnsons of Whixley, has teamed up with p1 Solutions/Contractors Ltd, for a multi-million pound renovation of a hidden gem in Scotland.

    Saughton Park, in Edinburgh, has been subject to a £6.7m restoration project. This includes revamping the walled and winter garden, the 110-year-old bandstand and the Italian garden. This is along with other facilities including a children’s playground and building a multi-use sports court.
    As part of the improvements, Edinburgh-based p1 Contractors Ltd has been handling the large project. This includes soft landscaping, conservation and various refurbishments for the new-look Saughton Park.
    The Scottish contracting company has enlisted Johnsons to supply thousands of plants too. This contract is worth over £100,000 to the North Yorkshire nursery.
    Johnsons has supplied a range of high-quality products across five different areas of the garden. These included 70 pleached carpinus, 90 trees, 11 betulas, over 5,000 hedging plants.
    The rose garden supply was worth more than £40,000 and included 8,000 herbaceous plants, shrubs and roses.
    There has also been a further supply of more than 5,000 plants for the bandstand. This included a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous and over 3,000 varieties from Hakonechloa macra to Helleborus and Brunnera.
    The nursery, based between Harrogate and York, also spruced up the Italian garden’s new border. This was with 6,000 plants including Allium purple sensation as well as another 700 shrubs and herbaceous plants.

    Richard McMonagle, director of p1 Contractors Ltd, said:

    “The outcome of this project has been fantastic. It hasn’t been an easy task by any means with over 1,000 plant varieties on the order either. Johnsons has excelled in having to offer few substitutes from the original specifications. They are sourcing a lot of stock that we don’t normally see on our usual day-to-day schemes.”

    Ellie Richardson, Johnsons of Whixley’s marketing co-ordinator, added:

    “It’s great to be part of a full renovation of a well-known Scottish park with a long-standing customer. The supply has been ongoing for a year so it’s great to see the finished result.” 
    Johnsons has a strong connection with Scotland. They have supplied plants to the Forth Road, Athlete’s Village for the Commonwealth Games and Culzean Castle.
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