Monks Cross, York

Monks Cross, York
Ashlea Ltd
Monks Cross Retail Park


We teamed up with one of the UK’s top landscaping firms, Ashlea Ltd, to enhance the grounds of a York retail park as part of a £15m refurbishment scheme.

The Challenge 

Monks Cross, just outside the city centre, was built in the 1990s and was in need of some TLC to help improve the outdated exterior. Johnsons has supplied plants for a number of makeover schemes at the park since it opened, with the two businesses located less than 15 miles apart.

The Solution 

GMI Construction undertook the alteration and remodelling works to existing shop facades, canopies, walkways and car parks, as well as the construction of four new retail pods. The company enlisted long-standing Johnsons customer Ashlea Ltd to carry out the soiling and soft landscaping package.

The work included the soiling of newly installed raised planters and planting a total of 7,000 shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and several mature trees.

These plants were supplied by Johnsons, and included 550 Ilex Crenata ‘Convexa’, 2,000 Carpinus betulus, 300 Festuca ‘glauca’, 200 Hebe’ Red Edge’, 250 Lonicera ‘Maygreen’ and 200 Lavandula ‘grosso’.

The trees provided included Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’, Sorbus auc. ‘Sheerwater Seedling’ and Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata’.

The Result

It’s wonderful to have teamed up with long-standing customer Ashlea Ltd to supply a scheme so local to us. Our supply to Monks Cross goes back to the 1990s so it’s great to supply this retail park once again.

Plants and trees have now enhanced the new raised planters and the remodelling works to existing shop facades, canopies, walkways and car parks.

Rob Brooks, contracts manager at Ashlea Ltd, added: “This was a challenging scheme as the site is a live retail park open to the public on a daily basis. Johnsons’ logistics of delivering materials and moving them around the site to their specific locations was a key factor in completing our soft landscaping works, along with their high-quality plants.