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Two Yorkshire firms unite to enhance the grounds of a new £9m care home

19 Jun 2024 | BALI Member News

Two leading Yorkshire horticultural companies, Accredited Supplier Johnsons Nurseries and Accredited Contractor Palmer Landscapes, have joined forces to enhance the grounds of the newly established £9 million Highfield Care Home on the outskirts of Tadcaster.

Johnsons Nurseries, centrally located between Harrogate and York, supplied a diverse selection of plants chosen to complement the landscaping to the value of £30,000. This included 800 Euonymus Greenspire, over 1,000 bare root hedging transplants, 260 Santolina ‘Nana’, 100 Salvia ‘Caradonna’, 275 Pachysandra terminalis, 200 Hebe's, and 32 trees.

Meanwhile, Palmer Landscapes, headquartered in Pudsey, Leeds, took charge of soft landscaping for the project. Their contributions included supplying and installing over 450m³ of topsoil and 1,478m² of compost and wood bark for shrub beds. They also implemented irrigation systems, tree anchors, and root barriers for all the trees. In addition, Palmer Landscapes seeded and turfed over 6,000m² of land and carried out planting to enhance the project's green spaces.

The duo have transformed the grounds of Highfield Care Home into a vibrant oasis, where residents can enjoy a new home amongst beautiful grounds.

Set amidst serene and picturesque open parkland, Highfield Care Home offers a tranquil retreat with captivating views overlooking a serene lake. It is nestled in close proximity to the historic Roman Catholic church of Scarthingwell Park.

Highfield Care Home boasts 65 bedrooms, each designed to provide comfort and privacy for residents. The newly constructed two-story facilities feature spacious lounge areas, elegant dining spaces, and inviting communal areas, meticulously crafted to foster a sense of community and warmth along with recently transformed grounds.

Dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of its residents, Highfield Care Home offers round-the-clock residential care alongside specialised support for individuals living with dementia.

Johnsons Nurseries key accounts manager, Jack Witham, said:

"It has been great to work with Palmers Landscapes again, this time to enhance the grounds of Highfield Care Home. Seeing our plants flourish in a beautiful setting has been hugely rewarding knowing that we’ve contributed to creating a peaceful environment for residents, staff and visitors to enjoy for many years to come."

Liza Murphy, General Manager of Barchester’s Highfield Care Home, commented:

"We are so grateful to the teams from Johnsons Nurseries and Palmers Landscapes for all of their hard work and generosity in helping us to create such a beautiful environment for our residents to enjoy.  Our gardens look and smell wonderful with all the gorgeous planting.  We are over the moon with how the gardens have turned out and we know how much joy the plants will bring to our residents not just in the summer months but throughout the year."

Sam Isles, Contracts Manager at Palmer Landscapes added:

"Great all-round effort starting from the office team, the suppliers and finishing with the installation team. Hats off to Jack Tordoff and his team for creating such an impressive quality finish in a stunning and peaceful location. Its lovely to see theses spaces created for the residents to enjoy."

Johnsons Nurseries was founded over 100 years ago and is one of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries. Johnsons has supplied plants and trees to a range of well-known sites, including Grantley Hall in Ripon, Forth Road Bridge, Scotland and the National Trust’s Studley Royal Water Garden.   

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