The story of us…so far

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  • A seed is planted

    A seed is planted

    Eric Johnson Mr Johnson left the army in 1920 at the age of 23. He […]

  • Johnsons is founded by war Veteran Eric Johnson

    Johnsons is founded by war Veteran Eric Johnson

    Mr Johnson Mr  Johnson started the business at Cattal station with minimum assets and a […]

  • The early days

    The early days

    Mr Johnson 1923 – Eric Johnson married Mary. The business had little capital to start […]

  • During WW2

    During WW2

    Mr Johnson  In the Second World War, Eric Johnson had to stop growing ornamentals and […]

  • Towards the end of WW2

    Towards the end of WW2

    1945-1950 Mr Johnson  As time progressed towards the end of the war, Mr Johnson bought […]

  • Hard work and dedication

    Hard work and dedication

     Mr Johnson  With a lot of hard work doing mostly retail trade, work gradually increased, […]

  • Retirement and a buyer

    Retirement and a buyer

    John had known for some time that sales was not what he wanted to do […]

  • A growing family and business

    A growing family and business

    1965 In the first year of May 1965, John had managed to get the turnover […]

  • Going wholesale

    Going wholesale

     1969  Johns third son Iain Richardson was born in July.  Purchased 8 acres of land […]

  • A change of names

    A change of names

    1972  E.R Johnson Limited becomes known as Johnsons of Whixley Ltd.  Johnsons sold the Farnham […]

  • The purchase of more land

    The purchase of more land

    1983  – Purchased 21 acres at Dunsforth. ————————————————————————————————- 1984  Graham Richardson joins the business. ————————————————————————————————- […]

  • New Directors

    New Directors

    1992 Became the first European horticultural business of any kind to achieve BS 5750 (ISO […]

  • Turnover increases

    Turnover increases

    1999  Sales pass £6m.  ————————————————————————————————- 2001  Iain’s second son, Jonathan Richardson is born. ————————————————————————————————- 2003 […]

  • Third generation members join the business

    Third generation members join the business

    2006 Graham’s son, Luke Richardson joins the company.  £10m annual sales achieved. ————————————————————————————————- 2007 Andrew […]

  • Celebrations


    2015  Iain’s son Paul Richardson Joins the business in the accounts department.  ————————————————————————————————- 2016   Luke […]

  • Best year so far

    Best year so far

    2018  £12m + turnover for the second year. John presented with lifesize ‘Spirit of the […]

  • Challenges, Centenary and beyond

    Challenges and Centenary

    2020 The business faces challenges like no other due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. […]

  • Rebrand for 2023

    2023  18.8 million turnover 7th November 2023 – ‘Johnsons of Whixley Limited’ changes name to […]

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