Who we are

Johnsons Nurseries Ltd is a three-generation family business that has been supplying the nation with millions of quality plants for over 100 years.

We employ a workforce of 130, rising to 150 seasonally across our three sectors, Commercial, Retail and our onsite cash & carry, operating from five sites located between Harrogate and York, just off junction 47 of the A1 with train links every half an hour.

We are proud of our low staff turnover and ability to identify, recruit and develop staff members who go on to give 20, 30 or even more than 40 years’ service, and endeavour to recognise and reward long service.




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Careers at Johnsons include:


Other roles at Johnsons include Accounts, Marketing, Admin and IT. Interested in what vacancies are currently available? scroll down to our vacancies section.




Current Vacancies



Due to our continued growth, we are always keen to hear from enthusiastic and motivated people who would like to join our team.

If you wish to be considered for any current and upcoming positions, please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@johnsonsnurseries.co.uk or call us on 01423 330234


Benefits our staff love:

Our employees define what our business is today and form part of the ‘wider’ Johnsons family. We always reward staff for their dedication and hard work.

Here are some of the benefits and rewards to working at Johnsons which our staff love:

Additional benefits include: Death in service and personal celebrations, such as marriage or the birth of a child are recognised through gifts and cards. Staff can also get involved with volunteer projects with the charity York Cares.




What our staff say

Claire Horner

” I started working at Johnsons in the summer of 1999. The thing I enjoy the most about working here at Johnsons is that there are never two days alike. It’s certainly not boring.

Johnsons has supported my career by providing access to training courses and arranging meetings with other growers in the UK and in Europe. This has helped me have a greater understanding of the ways a nursery works and how to manage people.

My greatest personal achievement would be meeting my husband here at work. It was love across the muddy trenches; we met while working with the field-grown trees one winter; that was 18 years ago.

I love all the special days we have which are oriented around foody treats. From fish and chips to our month-end butties, it may not seem like much but these treats are what make me feel appreciated.”

Tom Watkins

“I have always been given help and advice from the experienced members of staff that work for Johnsons. Any queries I have had have been met with a willing and helpful response. From this, my knowledge has grown considerably. On the other hand, any ideas I have had for trials or projects have always been supported.

The company has also given me the opportunity to work with one of our Dutch young plant suppliers. This was a great experience for me as it allowed me to understand the importance of building a good relationship with other companies that we do business with, as well as being able to work with highly skilled growers and improve my knowledge of young plant production. “



Mick Huby

“I started on the 15th June 1976, I still like the different challenges of growing new stock and seeing the good results. I like working outside. No one day has been the same and the friendships I have made with the other people who work here.

From starting straight away from school way back in 1976 I have been helped and backed all the way by the company right the way through my apprenticeship and college years. I have been on many courses over the years from ploughing fields, grafting trees up to NVQ and management training.  They have also sent me on nursery visits not only in the UK but to growers in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany and Italy to help gain further knowledge on how the business works.

I think that even though the company has grown so big over the years it is still a family run business and because of that reason, it cares for its staff as one big team.”