Johnsons of Whixley has been recognised for its charitable efforts with the receipt of a Plaque of Appreciation from the Easingwold District Lions, marking more than 25 years of working with the organisation.
Easingwold District Lions is a part of Lions International, the largest volunteering organisation in the world, with more than 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members across its global network.
Johnsons first started working with the Lions in 1990, when senior organiser Ray Thomas met Johnsons’ managing director Andrew Richardson at a professional function.
Since then, the Whixley-based nursey business has donated plants each year to the Easingwold District Lions Summer Fayre, and is one of the organisation’s proudest and longest-standing supporters.
Johnsons’ most recent donation of plants and flowers will be seen at the Lions’ annual Summer Fayre, which takes place at Easingwold Market Place on Saturday 24 June.
Johnsons of Whixley group account managing director, Graham Richardson, said: “We are proud to work with such a fine charitable organisation, which does wonderful work in our local communities and overseas.
“All of us at Johnsons feel extremely proud to receive this Plaque of Appreciation, recognising our contributions over the last two and a half decades, and we look forward to contributing further in the years ahead.”
Recent projects undertaken by the Lions include the donation of 250 high-visibility tabards to a local primary school, to help pupils stay safe on school trips and walks. The organisation also works further afield, and earlier this year a representative volunteered their expertise as a dental hygienist in schools across equatorial Africa.
Meanwhile, Johnsons has once again lent its support to the York Cares employee-volunteering charity.
Earlier this month, more than 250 volunteers from across the city helped renovate outdoor space at York’s Tang Hall Community Centre, as it continues its transformation into a vibrant community hub for social enterprise and inclusion.
Volunteers took part in a range of tasks including converting the basketball court into a multi-purpose outdoor space, creating a food growing and herb garden and a raised bed seating area. Johnsons was pleased to support the project through a significant donation of plants.
Johnsons of Whixley is one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and a trusted supplier of plants and trees to the amenity sector in the UK.
The company is family-run and established over more than 95 years, having first been founded by E.R. Johnson in 1921.
It was named Runner Up at the recent Yorkshire Family Business of the Year Awards.