Johnsons and Treehouse nurseries move to boost growth

Johnsons and Treehouse plan production changes to take advantage of rising plant sales trend.

Two nurseries are undergoing changes to increase efficiency and profitability.

Yorkshire-based Johnsons of Whixley plans to move its hedging and forestry plant production unit from rented land to its own site nearer its main office. Meanwhile, alpine and perennial specialist Treehouse Nurseries has relocated to a larger premises.

Johnsons amenity sales director Nigel Coultas said: "With the rapidly changing market and its requirements for just-in-time availability it makes strong economic sense to transfer production to our own land next to the main nursery and central distribution hub, rather than using rented land 48km away."

The nursery sells four million plants every year and has seen a massive increase in sales of seedlings and transplants in the past two years.

Joint managing director Andrew Richardson said: "With the demand for growing high-value food crops increasing we expect rental values to rise further so the time was right to maximise the use of our own fields and thus ensure we remain the leading grower and supplier of hedging and hardwood forestry stocks."

Midlands-based Treehouse Nurseries has moved from its Baginton site to larger premises at Kings Hill Nurseries in Coventry.

The new 2ha site is run by Newpath Ventures, which provides employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Co-owner Marcin Dudka said: "We've been going for nearly five years now and had outgrown our old premises, so it was time for a move."

Fellow co-owner John Wilson added: "We really like what Newpath does and Kings Hill is a great site. We are feeling positive about the potential for redevelopment and expansion."

Newpath general manager Julie Shepherd said: "We're excited to have commercial growers on the site and look forward to developing a synergy and working together for many years to come."

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