Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has supplied thousands of plants worth more than £50,000 to two Darwin Escapes holiday developments in the south of England.
Situated in Kent – known as the Garden of England – Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat offers holidaymakers luxurious lodges set within acres of rolling countryside. The resort enjoys a tranquil setting within easy reach of Canterbury town centre.
Yorkshire-based Johnsons provided 260 trees and more than 9,000 bulbs, including snowdrops (Galanthus Nivalis) and bluebells (Hyacinthoides Non Scripta). More than 8,500 shrubs and herbaceous and 8,000 bare root hedging plants completed the supply, worth £27,000 in total.
Johnsons also supplied trees and plants worth £25,000 to the Darwin Escapes Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa in Somerset, where the extensive gardens were designed to reflect the beauty of the surrounding woodland.
The resort, nestling in the Mendip Hills, boasts an Enjoy England five-star gold rating and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. Discerning guests can enjoy spacious plots within this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Johnsons’ supply comprised 75 trees including rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia), field maple (Acer Campestre) and silver birch (Betula Pendula) along with almost 10,000 bare root hedging transplants of hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna), common hazel (Corylus Avellana), blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) and sweet cherry (Prunus Avium).
Four thousand shrubs of various sizes, from 2L to 10L) were also provided, including 310 10L New Zealand broadleaf (Grisellina Littoralis).
Johnsons has many years’ experience of providing plants to clients in the holiday park sector. Recent projects undertaken for Darwin Escapes include an extensive supply of shrubs and hedging transplants for the award-winning Sandymouth Holiday Resort, as part of an extensive modernisation process.
The company also teamed up with long-standing client RPS Group plc at the recently opened Darwin Escapes Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa in Norfolk. The team provided products worth £50,000 for the resort, including a variety of ornamental and native plant stock.
Graham Richardson, managing director of Johnsons of Whixley, commented: “We are justifiably proud of the projects we have completed for Darwin Escapes. These resorts are noted for their luxury and high standards and we are delighted to contribute to this with our own high-quality trees and plants.”
Johnsons of Whixley, based between York and Harrogate spanning 150 acres of land, is one of the UK’s largest and longest-established commercial nurseries.