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  1. Vacancy: Despatch Assistant Manager

    Vacancy: Despatch Assistant Manager

    Location: York

    Hours: 39 hrs per week

    Monday to Thursday 7.30-4.00, Friday 7.30-3.00 but flexibility required

    Salary: £20k – 23K dependent on experience.

    We are looking to recruit a Despatch Assistant Manager who can take a pro-active role in assisting with the smooth running of our Despatch Unit.

    The successful applicant will have:

    • A full driving licence
    • Great organisational skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks
    • Literacy and numeracy skills
    • Communication skills – phone and computer
    • The ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own

    If you have worked in a despatch team before that would be an advantage, but it’s not essential.

    Due to the nature of our operations, the ability to work flexibly, both within the standard working day or week, and beyond, and to participate in additional working, as and when it is required, is essential.

    The duties of the job will involve regular lifting of heavy items, bending and twisting.

    Application process

    Please email your CV to Christine Davis chrisd@nurserymen.co.uk by Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

    Posted 19th Jul 1:26pm
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  2. Johnsons scoops award at HTA New Plant Show

    Johnsons scoops award at HTA New Plant Show

    We are proud to announce that Johnsons of Whixley’s Garden Centre Sales enhanced its reputation as one of the UK’s top growers with the receipt of a Silver medal at the New Plant Awards.

    Our Veronica Moody Blue Sky Blue was awarded the Silver Medal in the Herbaceous Perennials category at the New Plant Awards, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June.

    Hosted by the Horticultural Trade Association, the National Plant Award show is recognised as the UK’s largest horticultural show for garden centre plant buyers.

    The silver medal follows a Bronze in 2015 for our Berberis Thunderbolt, and Silver last year for our Geranium Miss Heidi.

    This latest award follows our achievement at The Family Business of the Year Awards, where we were named Runner-Up in the Yorkshire category.

    Our Garden Centre Sales Manager, Mark Reynard, said: “Once again, we had a brilliant time at the New Plant Show in the company of colleagues and friends from across the industry, and we’re proud to be coming home with our third medal in as many years.

    “The event provided a great opportunity to renew acquaintances and build new connections, while admiring some of the excellent plants produced by talented people from across our industry.”

    Posted 19th Jul 9:25am
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  3. Horticap’s students gain industry insight from nursery visit

    Horticap’s students gain industry insight from nursery visit

    Students and staff from the charity, Horticap, enjoyed a tour and hands-on work experience at leading horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley on Wednesday 12 July.

    Horticap’s qualified staff and team of volunteers provide adults with learning difficulties with training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

    The group enjoyed a visit to the board room and a guided tour of the Johnsons nursery site and gained a first-hand insight into operations in the Xpress Cash and Carry division of the business.

    The tour was hosted by Johnsons of Whixley chairman John Richardson, who celebrates his 80th birthday in September, and who still plays an active role in the running of the business.

    John said: “We were delighted to welcome the students from Horticap, alongside their excellent supervisors, Phil and Erica, who were also keen to pick up production ideas which might be useful at Horticap.

    “I always enjoy talking to visitors, particularly when they are young and motivated by growing plants, and the delight and surprise on the faces of these youngsters as they saw the volumes and variety of large scale production, was wonderful to see.

    “As youngsters they were keen to see inside one of our big trucks, which was about to leave for Scotland, and insisted on having their photos taken in the driving seat. It was a totally new experience for all of them.

    “Horticap is a truly admirable organisation, and they need, and truly deserve, the support of all our horticultural friends.”

    Horticap assistant manager, Phil Airey, said: “We were made to feel so welcome by Johnsons of Whixley. Our students had a great time and learnt a lot about the industry.

    “One of our student said afterwards said it was one of the best days he’s had, so we are grateful to Johnsons for hosting us, and for being so supportive of our efforts in general.”

    Johnsons of Whixley has provided empty pots to Horticap for many years, whilst also supplying plants and other horticultural products to their charitable projects.

    Based in Harrogate, Horticap’s students complete work under supervision throughout their local community.

    The charity also raises funds by selling gardening accessories and gifts, as well as perennials, bedding plants and shrubs cultivated by Horticap’s own students and staff.

    Posted 17th Jul 4:34pm
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  4. Johnsons invests in Drone technology

    Johnsons invests in Drone technology

    Johnsons of Whixley has invested more than £1,000 in drone camera technology as the company continues to drive innovation in the horticultural industry.

    The new airborne cameras will enable Johnsons staff members to remotely monitor stock levels across more than 200 acres of fragmented sites, as well as crop quality and irrigation levels.

    A dedicated team of staff members will be trained to operate the technology, which has a 3.5-mile range and can capture Ultra HD (4K) quality video.

    Established over 90 years ago, Johnsons of Whixley has a long history of technological innovation, and finding solutions to common industry problems. Many of the solutions implemented are bespoke to the business.

    Johnsons of Whixley group manging director, Graham Richardson, said: “There are a variety of envisaged uses for the new technology and we are excited about the possibilities around stock monitoring and management.

    “As a business we are always eager to find ways to boost our efficiency, streamline processes and embrace technology that can help us ultimately deliver a higher quality of product to our customers.

    “And by training staff members to use the technology we are aiding their continued professional development.”

    Posted 14th Jun 11:31am
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  5. Johnsons named runner up in Family Business Awards

    Johnsons named runner up in Family Business Awards

    Johnsons of Whixley’s status as one of the county’s leading family businesses has been further enhanced after being named Runner-Up for the Yorkshire region at the prestigious Family Business of the Year Awards earlier this month.

    Following a thorough application process, the Whixley-based plant nursery business, first established in 1921, was named on the final shortlist of 14 by organising body Family Business United, the magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.

    The awards were held on Thursday 8 June at the luxurious May Fair Hotel in London, where Grimsby-based wholesale food exporter Ramsden International was awarded the top prize.

    Graham Richardson, managing director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “We are incredibly proud to have made it so far in the competition, and were delighted to make the final shortlist, so to be named as overall runner-up is a huge achievement.

    “Across three generations, family values are at the heart of everything we deliver and it is pleasing that our long-standing commitment to these values has been rewarded in this way.

    “I’d like to congratulate Ramsden International on their worthy victory, and all of the other finalists for making the shortlist. We enjoyed a great night in wonderful company and left feeling immensely proud of all that we have achieved.”

    John Richardson, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in September, has been the chairman of the Johnsons Group since 1964 and still takes an active daily role in governance, strategy, quality and environmental systems, and health and safety.

    Two of John’s sons, Andrew and Iain, are joint managing directors, alongside sibling and group managing director, Graham.

    John’s grandchildren also take an active role. Luke is a senior key account manager, Robert is manager of the wholesale cash and carry unit, and Ellie is an office and administration supervisor, with a customer-facing role within the Xpress Cash and Carry division.

    A further two grandsons and a granddaughter also have sales and admin responsibilities.

    Posted 14th Jun 11:30am
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  6. A look back on May

    A look back on May

    Johnsons of Whixley enjoyed another great month in May.

    We bought our very own drone to capture imagery of our nursery, across all five of our nursery sites. Imagery will be used on our website and social media accounts.

    We spent over 300 hours watering in May, and a total of 23,995 man hours were worked.

    A whopping 214,204 plants were made saleable and another 209,975 plants were produced, with 281,166 plants sold, including 12,000 different order lines.

    513 different customers shopped with us and a total of 572 deliveries were made

    Posted 8th Jun 1:40pm
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  7. A look back on April…

    A look back on April…

    Johnsons of Whixley enjoyed another successful month in April.

    In total, the business received 1,531 orders and more than 365,000 plants were sold.

    194,876 new plants were produced to sell, including 2Ls 5Ls and 10Ls, which means a whopping 880,200 litres of compost was used.

    Johnsons supplied two gold award-winning show gardens – one at RHS Cardiff Flower Show in support of Chris Myers, where we supplied Ivy, blackthorn and other varieties, and another at the Harrogate Flower Show, where we supported a homecoming prayer with other BALI members by supplying bamboos, conifers grasses and other varieties.

    Each outdoor nursery worker covered an average of eight miles of walking per day, while a total of 20,020 man hours were worked, including overtime.

    593 deliveries were made across the UK, stretching from Scotland right down to Essex.

    April was another successful month for Johnsons of Whixley, and we’re relishing the warmer weather ahead!

    Posted 6th Jun 2:28pm
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  8. Johnsons Gardening Reminders - May

    Johnsons Gardening Reminders - May

    Summer is right around the corner!

    As preparations of the warm weather continue, here are our gardening tips and reminders for the Month of May:

    1. Provide suitable support for perennials
    2. Plant out sweet peas when hardened off and no frost
    3. Water newly planted trees and shrubs if conditions are dry
    4. Sow hardy annuals outdoors when soil conditions permit
    5. Prune and train new growth on wall shrubs
    6. Eradicate weeds before applying general fertilizer to shrubs
    7. Lift spent tulips and heel-in until foliage dies back if ground is required for summer bedding
    8. Plant dahlias and tie in clematis after mid-month
    9. Dead-head rhodos, azaleas, camellias, tulips and iris to improve future growth
    10. Prune spring flowering zshrubs such as forsythia, ribes, and berberis

    Do you have any gardening tips for this time of year? Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Posted 4th May 4:26pm
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  9. Beekeepers

    Beekeepers

    Honey bees play a vital part in the pollination of food crops and flowers.

    In recent years, the number of bees has been declining due to pressure factors including disease and the UK’s recent cooler summers.

    Recognising the crucial role bees play in our eco-system, Johnsons of Whixley is playing its own small part in reviving their population by providing a home for several colonies of honey bees.

    We contacted our friends at the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association for guidance on how we might be able to lend a helping hand.

    And as a result of our conversation we now have an apiary on our nursery site, which provides a home for colonies of honey bees.

    The site is ideal for bees, as it provides foraging within the surrounding countryside and utilises the many varied plant stocks grown at Johnson of Whixley.

    We are pleased to be able to benefit the bees in this way and provide an overall boost to these wonderful insects, who give us such delicious honey to eat.

    If you are interested in helping the honey bee, or becoming a beekeeper, please see Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers web site at www.hrbka.org.uk.

    Posted 2nd May 3:16pm
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  10. Harrogate Top Honours

    Harrogate Top Honours

    After supporting and supplying plants to the largest ever show garden at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, as part of a project being delivered in conjunction with Help For Heroes, we are proud to announce that the garden, named ‘A Homecoming Prayer’ won gold – taking top honours at the show.

    Johnsons supplied plants including bamboos, grasses, acers, specimen conifers and trees, at a heavily subsidised rate as part of their sponsorship of the project.

    The garden will now be relocated, in its entirety, to its final home at Dishforth Airfield, near Thirsk, where it will serve as a memorial space for the 6th Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, who recently returned to the UK from Germany.

    There are plans to construct a new Cenotaph as part of the garden

    It is hoped that the garden will not only enhance the barracks, but also kick start wider gardening initiatives, including workshops for military wives and partners.

    The garden is a collaborative effort, led by the 6th Royal Logistics Core, working with Help for Heroes, in support of wounded, injured and sick veterans around the country.

    Members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) have helped to support the design and build of the show garden.

    The project is also being sponsored by HESCO, a globally renowned manufacturer of defensive barriers used to protect military personnel overseas and to save homes and businesses from flooding.

    Posted 21st Apr 4:41pm
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  11. Johnsons develops staff through Growing Stars initiative

    Johnsons develops staff through Growing Stars initiative

    Johnsons of Whixley is paving the way for the company’s stars of the future, and aiming to develop local talent, through a significant financial investment in its new Growing Stars programme.

    Growing Stars has been introduced by Johnsons to develop the skillset of existing staff members, with a view to them one day taking on a more senior role with the business.

    The new initiative will help to underpin the continued growth of the 96-year-old family business, which is now recognised as one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and a trusted supplier of plants and trees to the landscape and retail sectors in the UK.

    The Growing Stars programme is open to staff from all parts of the business and includes training experiences, technical modules, horticultural sessions, operational nursery activities, as well as the opportunity to earn a formal qualification in Team Leading.

    The programme is being delivered in conjunction with training providers Dutton Fisher and includes a mixture of on-site training and external activities, including learning from the company’s supply and technology partners.

    The first class of Growing Stars are now in training, and are expected to complete the course in August.

    Posted 3rd Apr 1:01pm
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  12. Europe’s Strongest Man hopefuls prepare with help of Johnsons

    Europe’s Strongest Man hopefuls prepare with help of Johnsons

    World-class competitors from the Strongman circuit, including Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson, prepared for 2017’s Europe’s Strongest Man competition with the help of leading commercial nursery business Johnsons of Whixley.

    Bjornsson, who rose to fame after appearing as ‘The Mountain’ in the hit fantasy drama, and who is also a two-time Europe’s Strongest Man winner, was joined by former World Deadlift Champion Benedikt Magnusson and ex-World Champion Bill Kazmeier.

    Bjornsson and Magnusson trained for the Car Lift event on site at Johnsons, while Kazmeier, who is now a part of the broadcasting team for the competition, conducted interviews with the pair as part of the build-up to the event, which takes place at Leeds’s First Direct Arena on Saturday 1 April.

    Johnsons offered to host the session having provided storage and training facilities for the ‘Giants Live’ Strongman circuit for more than five years.

    Posted 3rd Apr 1:01pm
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  13. Johnsons supports Show Garden project in support of Royal Logistics Corps

    Johnsons supports Show Garden project in support of Royal Logistics Corps

    We are proud to announce that we will be supporting and supplying plants to the largest ever show garden at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, as part of a project being delivered in conjunction with Help For Heroes.

    The garden, which has been named ‘A Homecoming Prayer’, will serve as a memorial space for the 6th Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, who recently returned to the UK from Germany.

    Following the Show, the garden will be relocated, in its entirety, to its final home at Dishforth Airfield, near Thirsk, where there are plans to construct a new Cenotaph as part of the garden

    It is hoped that the garden will not only enhance the barracks, but also kick start wider gardening initiatives, including workshops for military wives and partners.

    The garden is a collaborative effort, led by the 6th Royal Logistics Core, working with Help for Heroes, in support of wounded, injured and sick veterans around the country.

    Members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) have helped to support the design and build of the show garden.

    The 6th Regiment Logistics Corps formed in 1993 and has deployed on operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Cyprus.

    They have approximately 550 personnel from around 27 nations based at Dishforth, North Yorkshire.

    The regiment is responsible for delivering the right supplies to the right people at the right time, in times of war and peace, which means they have many members deployed around the globe at any one time.

    Johnsons will supply plants including bamboos, grasses, acers, specimen conifers and trees, at a heavily subsidised rate as part of their sponsorship of the project.

    Help for Heroes www.helpforheroes.co.uk supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

    The project is also being sponsored by HESCO, a globally renowned manufacturer of defensive barriers used to protect military personnel overseas and to save homes and businesses from flooding.

    Posted 23rd Mar 2:15pm
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  14. Johnsons supplies leisure development at former Arla site

    Johnsons supplies leisure development at former Arla site

    We will be supplying more than 12,000 plants as part of the retail and leisure development on the former Arla Foods site in South Ruislip.

    We were selected ahead of other bids following a competitive tender process and will supply a range of shrubs and herbaceous plants as part of the project.

    The contract, agreed with landscape construction and maintenance company Whiting Landscape and landscape architects Macgregor Smith, is worth more than £30,000 and is our latest ‘contract grow’ project.

    The development will include a new 11-screen cinema, family restaurants, a new Asda supermarket and petrol filling station, and create more than 530 new jobs.

    Work commenced on site in October 2015 and it is anticipated that the facilities will be open to the public this summer.

    Johnson of Whixley senior amenity sales manager Tony Coles said: “It is a privilege for Johnsons to be making such a significant contribution to a project that will not only revitalise the site, but also create new jobs and opportunities for local residents.

    “Johnsons has a proven track record of meeting the demands of large, high-volume projects and delivering plants to a high-quality and at an attractive rate.

    “We’re proud to be working alongside Whiting Landscape on this project, and eager to see the wider project unfold in the months ahead.”

    Posted 20th Mar 10:42am
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  15. Trade sales and public sales – what’s the difference?

    Trade sales and public sales – what’s the difference?

    Johnsons of Whixley is a supplier to DIY chains, independent garden centres and amenity projects across Europe.

    We’re proud to enjoy strong relationships with such a wide range of clients, and the service we provide reflects the requirements of our customers in trade and amenity sector.

    It’s important that our customers understand how this works in a trade environment and, more specifically, that we are unable to sell to customers of registered trade account holders shopping independently, even if they have the permission of the account holder.

    Members of the public may only visit the site accompanied by the registered account holder and plants cannot be sold directly to non-account holders.

    As a wholesale company, we are not rated for retail sales purpose and so it is a legal requirement that we do not sell directly to the general public.

    This means that an invoice can only be prepared in the account holder’s name, and payment can be taken from the account holder only.

    We are unable to discuss prices, provide planting advice or accept payment from anyone who is not a registered account holder with ourselves.

    We hope that our customers are not offended by requests for proof of trade, or if we ask you to verify your account details.

    The measures will protect our customers’ ability to invoice their own customers at their discretion, reduce the chances of us providing contrasting or conflicting advice and, ultimately, allow us to provide genuine trade customers with the best possible levels of value and service.

    Posted 14th Mar 5:06pm
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