Celebrating our best year ever

Celebrating our best year ever

We are proud to be celebrating our best year ever since the company was founded almost 100 years ago.

From a turnover of £33,000 with just ten members of staff in 1964 when John Richardson took over,  the company now employees over 110 members of staff and has seen a turnover of £14.3 million this year with almost 400 new customers and over seven million plants and trees sold.

The company has invested significantly in both its equipment and workforce. The Newlands and Roecliffe sites have undergone considerable expansion works costing around £160,000, with a new polytunnel to hold up to 60,000 plants at any one time and a 3,200 sq metre bed to accommodate a further 180,000 plants.

Earlier this year, we invested £70,000 in a new retail line, produced our first group catalogue in a decade and launched a new-look website.

We also made York's Top 100 Business List for the third year running and Won 'Family Business of the Year' and 'Business of the Year' at the York Press Business Awards in November.

The Richardson family receiving 'Business of the Year' award at the York Press Awards.

During 2019, we have supplied stock for several high-profile residential schemes, including the development of almost 1,000 concept apartments in Salford and a new development by Redrow, Colindale Gardens in London. 

Colindale Gardens, London

We provided plants worth £140,000 for the multi-million-pound Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) which opened this year and includes an arena, conference halls, a multi-purpose space, hotels and more.

The Event Complex, Aberdeen 

Other significant plant supplies have included major infrastructure schemes along the A50 in Staffordshire and the A6 in Northern Ireland and to amenities such as the Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, Holyrood Palace and Hirst Park, Northumberland.

We also saw our plants used in large retail developments such as Teeside Park, Thorpe Park, Crown Retail Park, Glasgow, in addition, our plants were used in a UK-wide scheme to transform Costco petrol station sites.

Thorpe Park, Leeds

Several five-star hotels had their gardens enhanced by our stock, including Grantley Hall near Ripon and the Dakota in Manchester, while the company provided plants for a new gin garden at the exclusive Torridon Resort in the Scottish highlands.

Grantley Hall, Ripon

Our plants also made it across several holiday parks including Darwin Escapes, Sandymouth in Bude, Hoburne Mews and Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa.

Sandymouth, Bude


The company has also donated over £15,000 worth of plants to local schools and good causes this year, including providing volunteers for the York Cares initiative, while a donation of £5,500 to Springwater, a special needs school in Harrogate which led to Johnsons being awarded a Big Build Award at this year's Yorkshire Property Awards.

Group managing director Graham Richardson said the company was in a strong position heading into 2020: “This year has been very successful, with 17,000 invoiced orders and the despatch of approaching seven million trees and shrubs.

“As we look ahead to the coming year we aim to try and hold on to sales successes of this year – our budgets assume a small reduction in sales because of Brexit and the fact that our exposure to imported stock could hit us particularly hard in at least the first three months.

“We have already committed a lot of time and money to our Brexit plans, but as well as having no crystal ball, it is impossible to have any influence over the final outcome. However, our business is in a strong position to cope with a downturn or seize on new opportunities alike, so while the coming months remain unclear, we are confident that our recent successes will be maintained and in time surpassed.”

Posted 27th Nov 12:06pm