A horticultural business in Whixley is continuing its work alongside Kirk Hammerton School and Nursery School, to help educate pupils about horticulture.

Johnsons of Whixley, one of Europe’s leading horticultural suppliers to the commercial sector, recently helped bring festive cheer at the nursery with the delivery of 30 mini Christmas trees.

The latest batch marked the fifth successive delivery of Picea albertina Conica to the Nursery, which children decorated and took home with them in time for the holiday celebrations.

It marked the final initiative of another packed year of horticultural activities at the school, while also serving to kick-start plans for further engagement in 2018.

In recent years, Johnsons has donated hedging plants for use around the nursery and supplied trees for planting on National Tree Planting day.

The children have also learnt about the life cycle of vegetables, from seed to harvest, through to discovering tasty recipes for the vegetables they have grown.

Johnsons of Whixley head of production and procurement, Jonathan Whittemore, said: “We’re proud of our partnership with Kirk Hammerton School. It’s important as a business that we give something back to our local community, and it’s a great privilege to be involved in educating young people about the various aspects of horticulture.

“As we look ahead to another year, we can reflect on a number of successful activities in partnership with the school, while identifying new opportunities to nurture a passion for growing plants.”

Johnsons of Whixley Ltd is a family-run plant nursery business based in Whixley, North Yorkshire, first established in 1921 by Eric Johnson