Aldwark Manor Estate, York

Aldwark Manor Estate, York
Aldwark Manor Estate
Hotel grounds


We recently supplied over £25,000 worth of plants for the historic Yorkshire-based Aldwark Manor Estate as part of its significant renovation and expansion programme. The plants will be used across the wedding garden, fountain bed and entrance to the estate.

The Challenge 

We were appointed by the new owners, who purchased the historic Estate in 2019, to supply hundreds of high-quality plants as the venue undergoes a significant renovation and expansion program. The hotel is located less than 10 miles from Johnsons HQ making it an ideal partnership.

Since the acquisition, Aldwark Manor Estate has been undergoing an ambitious multi-million pounds extension and refurbishment project, with over £8m invested into phase one of the project which includes the total refurbishment of all the bedrooms, public areas and function suites. Phase two will see the opening of Bunkers in September 2022 with 11 bedrooms, a sports bar and restaurant, a golf shop and a private room.



The Solution 

Johnsons supply of plants so far has included Trees, hedging, herbaceous, shrub and topiary plants so far including varieties such as Buxus balls, Lavender, Hydrangeas, Tulips, Nepeta, Astilbes, Fagus, Acers and more.

The plants have been used across the wedding garden, fountain bed and entrance to the estate so far with further ground development planned in for the near future.

The Result

The new wedding garden looks stunning and provides the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony and of course wedding photos. The grounds will continue to be developed over the next couple of years as the ambitious plans come into play.

The overall program is set to be completed by the end of 2024 with plans for a new spa and leisure complex to include a mezzanine pool overlooking the estate’s 185 acres in the Vale of York, beauty treatment areas, a leisure pool and gym, a conference centre and 40 new bedrooms, exclusive rooms with balconies and hot tubs. The Manor’s facilities also include an 18-hole golf course that will be fully redeveloped by the end of May 2023 with the addition of a boat house, and boat and water sports activities.

John Maiden, Head groundsman at Aldwark Manor Estate, said: “Johnsons is a fantastic family-managed nursery with great values at the heart of the business. Their nursery delivers the highest quality plants and service to us. They have a huge range of plants covering all our landscaping needs. Whenever we use their onsite cash and carry, it’s such a friendly and helpful experience.