Leading horticultural nursery Johnsons of Whixley has worked with Gavin Jones Ltd, part of the Nurture Landscape Group to supply plants as part of a make-over at one of the UK’s busiest retail parks.
Yorkshire-based Johnsons provided thousands of flowering shrubs and trees for a landscaped central area at Teeside Park, a major shopping and retail development at Stockton-on-Tees that includes all the major high street names, from River Island to Showcase Cinema, as well as a large food court area.
The park was created in 1988 but since then, footfall has increased dramatically, leading to some issues with traffic and parking. A revamp scheme was drawn up by owners British Land, that relocated parking, transforming the existing area into a new pedestrianised food and shopping area known as The Spark. A newly landscaped area will also be created along the park’s eastern terrace.
Grounds maintenance specialists Gavin Jones Ltd, worked with landscape architects Macgregor Smith and Key Property Solutions, to help with the make-over at Teeside Park including the soft landscaping that included planting 1000’s of Johnsons plants and the installation of soft artificial turf for children’s play areas.
Darren Hardman, North East regional Contracts Manager at Gavin Jones, said: “We recognise that family time is valuable and wanted to create a space that offers families the opportunity to interact and bond. Retail parks and landscaping are now trending towards being family-orientated spaces as recently demonstrated in the recently completed Glasgow Fort shopping complex, and we are determined to lead the way.”
Johnsons supply included more than 34,000 plants that included over 17,000 Ornamental grasses and 11,000 ferns with varieties such as Polystichum setiferum, Sesleria nitida and Polypodium vulgare all used.
Over 6,000 herbaceous varieties were also included with Achillea, Salvia and Astrantia’s all proving popular in the planting plan.
Tony Coles, Amenity Sales Manager at Johnsons, said: “Teeside Park is one of the busiest retail developments in the UK and we are delighted to be involved in this ambitious landscaping scheme. Hopefully, it will attract even more visitors to the park, who can take a break from shopping in a green oasis.”
Johnsons has considerable expertise in working with retail and leisure landscaping schemes, with past projects including the Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre, Thorpe Park Retail Park and Spinningfields in Manchester.