Top 30 Ornamental Growers and Plant Suppliers 2016

Horticulture Week has compiled its first chart of the UK's top 30 ornamental growers and plant suppliers.

Warwickshire-based Newey Group has the UK's biggest turnover in the sector
Warwickshire-based Newey Group has the UK's biggest turnover in the sector

It shows how consolidation has raised Newey group and Neame Lea to the top of the table, but also demonstrates how few players in the UK market have broken out of the small and medium-sized enterprise bracket. However, most growers on the list are expanding, either by acquisition or organic growth. Many have retail arms and import stock to supply to garden centres as well as growing. All the figures are from Companies House or supplied by the companies themselves.

Rank, company name and turnover

1 Newey Group 38m
Alex Newey's Warwickshire-based Newey Group now incorporates Avoncross Ornamentals, Eagle Plants, Evergreen Events, New Forest Plants, New Place Nurseries, Omni Solutions, Roundstone Nurseries, Transflora, Whitehill Seed Co and Young Plants.

2 Neame Lea/Zyon UK £36m
Run by David Ball in Spalding, this bedding and herb grower and supplier became a partner and shareholder in Zyon UK Flowers & Plants last month.

3 Butters Group £31.5m
Run by Andy Coaten in Spalding - has a 19.5-acre nursery as well as trading plants and flowers for high street retailers and garden centres.

4 Ball Colegrave £25.316m
Oxfordshire-based young plant grower run by Sandy Shepherd and founded in 1962 as Colegrave Seeds before joining forces with US company Ball in 2001.

5 Coletta & Tyson £22.75m
A 162ha East Yorkshire family-run bedding grower and garden centre.

6 Double H £21.98m
Flowering houseplant nursery in Hampshire run by Neil Stevenson.

7 Farplants £19m
South coast hardy and perennial grower co-operative including Binsted, Fleurie, Star Plants, Toddington and Walberton nurseries.

8 Evergreen Exterior Services £15.7m
Surrey-based wholesale nursery stock supplier.

9 David Austin Roses £15.6m
Family-run rose grower and breeder in Shropshire.

10 OA Taylor & Sons £13.27m
Family-run bulb grower based in Spalding.

11 Lovania Nurseries £12.8m
Lancashire-based grower run by the Ball family.

12 Allensmore Nurseries £12.354m
Herefordshire perennial nursery run by the Taylor family.

13 Hill Brothers (Chichester) £11.56m
Flowering houseplant nursery based in Chichester and run by the Hill family.

14 Winchester Growers £11.35m
Cornwall-based daffodil specialist.

15 Johnsons of Whixley £10.068m
Hardy nursery stock amenity and garden centre grower based in York.

16 Florensis Flower Seeds £9.499m
Breeder and propagator based at Ball Colegrave.

17 Dingle Nurseries £9.08m
Powys-based hardy nursery stock grower run by the Joseph family.

18 Glendale Horticulture £8.9m
Part of the larger Glendale Group. Includes Merediths (bedding) as well as Coblands and Mahood (perennials, trees and shrubs).

19 Wyevale Nurseries £8.66m
Herefordshire hardy nursery stock grower owned by the Williamsons.

20 Hillier c£8m
Family-owned tree and shrub grower in Hampshire.

21 Europlants £7.6m
Hertfordshire-based Italian specimen supplier, owned by Renato Canale.

22 Bordon Hill Nurseries £7.54m
Part of the Ball Colegrave group.

23 Boningale £6.837m
Shropshire amenity nursery run by Tim Edwards.

24 James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) £6.639m
Leicestershire-based family-run amenity grower.

25 Chessum Plants £6.31m
Family-run rose grower based in Bedfordshire.

26 Volmary (formerly R Delamore) £6.3m
Independent family-owned company.

27 W Crowder & Sons £5.892m
Family-run amenity grower based in Lincolnshire.

28 PS & JE Ward £5.76m
Norfolk flower farm.

29 Barcham Trees £5.61m
Cambridgeshire tree grower.

30 Hargreaves Plants £4.8m
Spalding-based fruit and vegetable plant grower.


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