Horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley has helped renovate areas of a local cemetery, with the help of garden designer Lizzie Tulip.

Lizzie Tulip is a Chelsea Flower Show Medal winner, who has served as a trustee for York Cemetery for the last four years and helped shape the landscape of the 24-acre site.

As part of the latest project, Johnsons has supplied an order worth more than £2,000, including spectacular taxus beehive shapes, which have helped to enhance the formal Victorian section of the cemetery, and provide structural planting for the newly-named Hanley Avenue area.

An opening ceremony to mark the completion of the improvements was held on Sunday 26th November, attended by the trustees of the cemetery and invited guests.

Johnsons Xpress office and administration supervisor, Ellie Richardson, said: “At Johnsons, we supply projects large and small across the UK and Europe, but local landmarks and beauty spots are equally as important to us as a business.

“We’ve worked alongside Lizzie on many projects over the years, and it’s been great to link up with her once again to help further improve the wonderful landscape at York Cemetery.”

York Cemetery is a grade II listed landscape and one of only two privately owned Victorian cemeteries in the UK.

Founded in 1837, it now encompasses 24 acres and is administered by The York Cemetery Trust, with support of the Friends of York Cemetery.

The cemetery received a Gold Award in the Open Spaces Category of the RHS Yorkshire in Bloom Competition 2017.

Johnsons Xpress is the trade only cash and carry arm of Johnsons of Whixley, one of the longest established and largest commercial nurseries in Europe.

Xpress’s customers include landscape gardeners, garden designers, tree surgeons, estates, caravan parks and universities.