Forestry and Arboriculture Students visit Green-tech and Johnsons of Whixley to develop urban tree planting knowledge

Green-tech and Johnsons of Whixley recently played host to a group of students from Kirkley Hall College in Northumberland. The students, currently in their third year studying Forestry and Arboriculture made the trip down to Green-tech’s head office in York to further their understanding of urban tree planting.

The day began with an introduction to Green-tech by Chairman, Richard Kay and was followed by an educational seminar on the ArborRaft System, presented by resident Product Specification Manager, Richard Wexham.

The students made full use of the seminar by addressing a number of questions regarding rooting depths, avoiding services when planting and soil compaction; all questions that had been puzzling them for some time.

They were then given a guided tour of the warehouses and an overview of Green-tech’s extensive stock range by Sales Director Ian Rotherham, before heading to Johnsons of Whixley a few miles away for a nursery tour.

Johnsons of Whixley is one of the longest established and largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe and is the largest supplier to the amenity sector in the UK.  Chairman John Richardson commented:

“We have a great working relationship with Green-tech and were delighted to join forces to offer this fantastic opportunity to horticulture, forestry and landscaping students and apprentices.  We are recognised as a leading contributor within the UK for modernising the nursery, sales and production processes and are only too happy to share our knowledge with the visiting students.”

Green-tech Chairman, Richard Kay said:

“We were delighted to welcome the students from Kirkley Hall College. We plan to continue a programme of student seminars throughout 2015 as part of our GT Young Guns campaign which provides advice and support to those entering the horticulture, forestry and landscaping trades.  It’s imperative that young people develop a passion for this industry and we are committed to investing time and resources into the specialists of tomorrow.”

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