Thieves destroy thousands of plants at Harrogate nursery

Thousands of plants have been destroyed after a break-in at Johnsons of Whixley, a commercial nursery in North Yorkshire.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 4:04 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 4:06 pm
Thieves destroy thousands of plants at nursery Johnsons of Whixley

The plants were deliberately run over by a dumper truck which was stolen at Johnsons of Whixley, Harrogate between 10pm, and 12am on Thursday, March 26.

The stolen truck was used to remove a bowser containing 1,000 litres of fuel it was then driven through Johnsons perimeter fence and onto the A59 ploughing through the plants in the process. The truck was subsequently left, but the diesel was taken.

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Managing director Graham Richardson said the vandals drove the truck over tens of thousands of plants which were growing in readiness for next year, "because they could and they felt like it".

He said: "They deliberately drove over our production line of stock, damaging tens thousands of plants - hardy landscape plants of differing varieties, not saleable, but in production for the future."

Johnsons is one of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries and is a three-generation family business that supplies 7 million plants each year.

Police are currently investigating and you should get in touch with them on 101 if you have any information.