Johnsons of Whixley wins parks plant contract

Johnsons of Whixley, the leading supplier of plants and trees to the amenity sector in the UK, has supplied a contract grow worth £138,000 to supply a historic park in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Brooke Park, located near the city centre, has recently been reopened after a £5.6 million regeneration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Stormont executive.

GB Landscapes, a 70-strong landscape contractor team based in Castlederg, County Tyrone - specialists in hard and soft landscaping, construction works and commercial and public authority landscaping - appointed Johnsons of Whixley to supply a variety of plants to the scheme. The contract included 13,000 shrubs, 14,500 herbaceous and grasses, 4,300 rhododendron and azalea, 1,300 roses, hedging and 130 trees.

Gary Baird, managing director at GB Landscapes, said: "This was a key account for us this year and needed to be site specific, to the highest of standards and on time to the tight scheduled plan.

"Johnsons of Whixley helped us ‘contract grow’ specific plants for this project and the quality of plants were to specification and size.  Credit is owed to account manager Tony Coles who was on hand at all times.

"Johnsons of Whixley do an excellent job at consistently delivering value for money and quality stock on time. We regularly benchmark and are always happy to see that the team provide the most competitive rates.  From a soft service point of view, their customer service is exceptional.

"We are more than happy to recommend their services.  They are instrumental in us delivering quality to our clients and for that we are truly grateful and appreciative."

Brooke Park, also known as the People's Park, was formerly the site of the city's first orphanage.

Despite reopening to the public, restoration of the park will continue until the summer of 2017.

Tony Coles, amenity sales manager at Johnsons of Whixley said: "We are delighted to have helped bring Brooke Park back into public use. We hope the park’s new fabric will improve the economic wellbeing of the city."

Johnsons has experience in growing plants for high-profile schemes including the Forth Road Bridge, Royal Parks, HS1 and the Athletes Village at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.


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