Who we are

Johnsons of Whixley is a three-generation family business that has been supplying the nation with millions of quality plants for 100 years.

We employ a workforce of 120, rising to 150 seasonally across our three sectors, Commercial, Retail and our onsite cash & carry, operating from five sites located between Harrogate and York, just off junction 47 of the A1 with train links every half an hour.

We are proud of our low staff turnover and ability to identify, recruit and develop staff members who go on to give 20, 30 or even more than 40 years’ service, and endeavour to recognise and reward long service.

Volunteering Projects

Staff will be given opportunities throughout the year to be involved in volunteering projects, We support local charity York Cares throughout the year and help them with staff for volunteering projects

Johnsons of Whixley Careers


Whether it’s working in our onsite Cash & Carry, delivery products or based in our sales team, we have several roles that are customer-facing.

Johnsons of Whixley Careers


Our nursery stocks products of all different sizes, from large established tress down to 2L pots. All of these need safely and securely loading into our delivery trucks that travel across the country.

Johnsons of Whixley Careers


We have many people working in our head office to ensure the business operates smoothly. From managing accounts and admin, through to welcoming guests at reception, we have many varied roles.

Johnsons of Whixley Careers


Operating out on our nursery through the year is the core of our business, and we have many people that are dedicated to providing the best quality of work. Some of the tasks include tending to plants and trees, potting and picking orders.

What We Offer

We constantly strive to develop our staff from the initial induction to regular training and personal development that cover 50 disciplines and skills across all areas of the business, from dealing with pest and disease to general horticultural knowledge.

Our ‘Growing Stars’ initiative helps develop the skillset of existing staff members, with a view to them one day taking on more senior roles with the business. It’s open to all staff across the business.

We offer and consider apprenticeship opportunities throughout all areas of the business. Traditional apprenticeships have helped to create our managers of today and we hope that new apprenticeships will provide our managers of the future.

Where You’ll Work

We offer opportunities for all skills and talents with a range of experience levels with opportunities for progression and training. From office-based roles, including administration and customer service, front of house in our cash and carry, as well as horticultural roles across our five sites.

Our head office is in Whixley, North Yorkshire, where our operational, administration and management teams are based. Our growing and production sites are located within a 10-mile radius at Newlands, Cattal, Roecliffe and Thornville.

Treats And Perks

Our employees define what our business is today and form part of the ‘wider’ Johnsons family. We always reward staff for their dedication and hard work.

Our treats and perks include:

  • Annual Christmas party
  • Quarterly fish and chip Fridays
  • Ice lollies during hot weather
  • Personal celebrations, such as marriage or the birth of a child, recognised through gifts and cards
  • All staff receive Healthsheild medical support insurance, while key managers are company members of BUPA
  • Death in service benefit
  • Annual attendance bonus
  • Profit share bonus
  • Early finish on a Friday

We have worked hard to instil a culture of saying ‘thank you for a job well done and go above and beyond to support our staff members during hours of need.

Current Vacancies

We’re looking for a Deputy Manager (see details below), but do still get in touch if you’re interested in working for us in any other role by emailing - recruitment@nurserymen.co.uk

Please see below all our vacancies