Johnsons of Whixley helps revive Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Plant and tree supplier Johnsons of Whixley has secured a contract worth £122,000 to supply the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, the company has revealed.

The new planting scheme is part of a £48m revamp of the hospital, which cares for patients with mental health problems, after a new state-of-the-art facility was granted the go-ahead in 2014.

External work has so far included the removal of shrubbery, trees and other debris, the demolition of the Scottish Ambulance Service building, as well as the development of a therapeutic garden activity area.

A large landscape contractor selected Johnsons of Whixley to supply two phases of the project.

The initial phase, which Johnsons secured in November 2015, involved planting for the internal courtyards and the second phase, won in August 2016, was to supply the external planting areas, which is due for completion in April 2017.

In total, 280 specimen trees up to 25-30cm girth and 45,000 container shrubs are being delivered to the scheme, with over 70 different species.

Johnsons of Whixley joint managing director Iain Richardson said: “As the project approaches completion we can reflect on our contribution to the work with pride, in the knowledge that we have been able to maintain our standards of quality and value throughout.

“It’s been exciting to see the overall project develop and we feel privileged to have had such a significant involvement in a project that will have such an important impact on people’s lives.”