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  1. Plant supply to the new £330 million pound Aberdeen TECA Development

    Plant supply to the new £330 million pound Aberdeen TECA Development

    We recently teamed up with p1 Contractors Ltd to supply over £150,000 worth of plants for a multi-million-pound Scottish conference/exhibition centre and largest new entertainment complex in Europe.

    Replacing the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC), The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) is a £330 million development that opened in August 2019; it includes a new arena, conference halls, a multi-purpose space, hotels and more.

    The new arena will host acts such as Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Lewis Capaldi and Elton John in the coming months; it is set to attract an additional 4.5 million visitors bringing £113m of extra spend to the Scottish economy.

    Our supply included nearly 40,000 shrubs, 170 three-metre-wide hedera screens, over 30,000 bare-root transplants and more than 400 trees.

    Linlithgow-based p1 was responsible for all the soft landscaping on the project, soiling all areas around the complex along with seeding works and tree, shrub and woodland planting around the site.

    Ronnie Blair Contracts Manager for the project on behalf of p1 Contractors Ltd, added: “Having a company such as Johnsons of Whixley working with us on such a large-scale project has been very reassuring, Iain has taken the time to come up to Scotland and walk the site offering information on the planting to help me with the contract. With the opening of the new complex on the horizon, I am excited about the prospect of returning in a few years to see what it looks like with a bit of maturity something which should be in keeping with the ambitious company we are.

    Other plant supply to Scotland includes Donaldsons, Edinburgh and the iconic Forth Road Bridge

    Posted 14th Sep 12:27pm
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  2. Plant supply for £2.29m revival of historic Hirst Park

    Plant supply for £2.29m revival of historic Hirst Park

    We have recently been recruited by Brambledown Landscapes to provide a plant supply for the latest phase of a multi-million-pound project to revamp the historic Hirst Park in Northumberland.

    Our plant supply, including both plants and trees, was worth £20,000 and was funded by a £2.29m Parks for People grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Project planting

    Consisting of more than 50 trees worth £9,000, our plant supply also included a range of plants including 262 Stipa Tenufolia, 188 Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and 250 Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’, as well as a range of rhododendron varieties and 126 Persicaria ‘Darjeeling Red’.

    The first stage of the Hirst Park project began in early 2018 with the removal of dead, dying and dangerous trees. The replacement trees were planted over the winter of 2018 to ensure minimum disruption during bird nesting and bat roosting seasons.

    It is estimated that the project to transform Hirst Park, where legendary footballers Jackie Milburn and the Charlton brothers played as youngsters, will take five years to complete.

    Landscaping work is being carried out by our client, Brambledown Landscape Services, and will include the creation of a formal garden, water play feature, horticultural training building where families can learn to grow their own vegetables and a New Food Circle, operated in partnership with Northumberland College.

    Director of Brambledown Paul Curry said: “We have a wonderful relationship with Johnsons of Whixley, who have been supplying trees on our schemes for many decades. This prestigious multi-million-pound Heritage Lottery Fund Park at Hirst Park in Ashington, Northumberland is one of many large park improvement schemes we have carried out over the years alongside Johnsons.”

    The future for Hirst Park

    Once the scheme is complete, events will be held at the newly refurbished park to help people learn more about the heritage of Hirst park, the local area and the people in it.

    We are really excited to be able to get involved in this project. Our products will bring life back to Hirst Park and ensure it is a place to be enjoyed for many years to come as it has been in the past.

    We have worked with Brambledown on lots of other projects, including Haggerston Castle in Northumberland and the conservation area at Spinning Acres in Leeds.


    Posted 6th Sep 3:09pm
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  3. Office staff tuck into honey from onsite apiary

    Office staff tuck into honey from onsite apiary

    Our staff are tucking into some delicious honey treats this week – produced by thousands of their co-workers.

    The number of bees at our on-site apiary has increased to 800,000 this summer, with the creatures helping to pollinate flowering plants at our main 50-acre site, that produces more than a million plants every year.

    The bees are managed by Keith Simmonds, Vice President of Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers, who said that the bees, Johnsons and most importantly the environment all benefited from their presence in equal measure.

    He said honeybees contributed significantly to our economy, helping plants to grow and produce food by transferring pollen between flowering plants. The majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, particularly by bees.

    It is estimated that bees will fly 55,000 miles to make a single pound of honey – the equivalent of going around the world more than twice.

    Staff from our Johnsons office are tucking into honey on toast to celebrate National Honey Month this September.

    Graham Richardson, Group Managing Director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “ What could be better than fortifying our staff with honey harvested via our own bees, pollen and ultimately the plants that they have so carefully tended in the recent month – a truly efficient food cycle!”

    Want to find out more about our bees? Click here  

    Posted 6th Sep 11:31am
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  4. Jobs to do in the garden this September

    Jobs to do in the garden this September

    Not sure what you should be doing in the garden this month? here are our top tips for the month of September.


    • The first 10 days of September is the last time to be taking cuttings of tender perennials such as pelargoniums and fuchsias, roots will form much quicker before the cooler weather sets in. When taking cuttings at this late stage, it is better to root them round the edge of a pot and leave them in the pot until transplanting next spring. Alternatively, bring the old plants under cover in a cool but frost-free room and take cuttings early next year.


    • Ever thought of buying yourself a greenhouse? Now is a good time to buy at a discounted price, with the whole winter to erect it and have it ship-shape for the start of next spring. Don’t forget, it is really useful for it to be connected to water and a electricity supply.


    • It is well worth checking the bigger trees around the garden. September can be a windy month and worth the knowledge that boughs are not likely to come crashing down on the house, the garden or the new greenhouse in the winter gales!


    • When you have a weekend hour to spare, take a notebook around the garden and note those plants which are not happy in their location, are growing too big, have the wrong colour combination with their neighbours, or really need more space. It will make your winter sort-out in the shrubbery so much easier.


    • Planting new shrubs in the autumn has the benefit of warm soil to get the plants established before winter and the soil is usually moist. Delay bare-root tree planting until November and be sure to install a stake at the time of planting. Always put the stake on the windward side and secure with a proper tree tie.


    • September is a good month to plant spring-flowering bulbs, but leave tulips until November, as this will help prevent the fungal disease ‘tulip fire’. If you find mice are digging up your crocus bulbs, cover them with fine chicken wire, which won’t affect grass mowing but should dissuade the mice.


    • If you have heavy soil, dig over the garden borders later this month as the bedding plants need to be removed. This will make digging easier as the soil will not be at full water capacity as in later months.


    • Crocosmias form large mounds of roots and corms over the years. Separate them with two forks either by pulling them apart or remove the soil and untangle them with the help of a hosepipe jet.


    • Continue to trim fast-growing hedges – and don’t overlook the weeds in the hedge bottoms!


    • Newly planted perennials will do well when planted over the next six weeks. Give the roots of new plants a good soaking before planting and firm in well to the original depth, placing a good mulch around the plant to prevent moisture loss and winter frost damage to young roots.


    • During this month and next, the lawn can be mown less frequently, but will really benefit from mechanical scarifying or the regular use of a spring tine rake to remove the old ‘thatch’. Aerating the lawn by means of a machine or a garden fork will work wonders, in conjunction with a specific lawn weed-killer and an autumn lawn fertilizer dressing.

    Posted 3rd Sep 11:06am
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  5. National Honey Month Competition

    National Honey Month Competition

    This month is National Honey Month and to celebrate we are giving away a hamper that includes honey from our beehives. To enter, simply like our Facebook page and comment with a bee emoji 🐝

    National Honey Month Competition

    1. The promotor is Johnsons of Whixley Ltd
    2. Entrants must like the Johnsons of Whixley Facebook page and have liked and commented on the post as requested to be in with a chance to win.
    3. The competition is open to all UK residents aged over 18 and above.
    4. There is only one prize available (1 x bee hamper). The contents include:  2 jars of honey, 1 x Lavender Hidcote, 1 x  Echinacea ‘Delicious Candy’, 1 x Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ and a bag of Mini Meadow.
    5. Multiple entries from the same applicant will be discounted.
    6. The prize is as stated, no cash or alternative prize is available.
    7. The winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries.
    8. The competition will close at noon on Monday 9th September
    9. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10th September on the Johnsons of Whixley Facebook page.
    10. Winners will be asked for their details for collection.
    11. Winners will receive their prize on collection.
    12. The winners are allowed up to five calendar days to claim the prize from the date they are announced. If the winner fails to come forward than the prize shall be forfeited.
    13. Entrants who did not win will not be contacted.
    14. Johnsons of Whixley will not take responsibility for any failure to the plant once the prize is received, replacements cannot be issued.
    15. If you are a winner, the promoter may request you to participate in any publicity or promotion organised by the promoter including promotional photographs.
    16. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
    17. In the event of any dispute regarding the Terms and Conditions, the conduct, results and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of the promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
    18. By entering applicants agree to the above terms and conditions.

    Posted 2nd Sep 10:36am
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