A NORTH Yorkshire horticultural nursery has become one of the UK’s biggest net contributors to the nation’s tree population after growing and supplying more than 2.5 million trees in the last 12 months.

Johnsons of Whixley, a family-run plant nursery, has published the figure, which includes smaller hedging plant trees, to coincide with the start of National Tree Week on November 25.

Johnsons of Whixley group managing director, Graham Richardson, said: “National Tree Week provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the many benefits trees bring, including improved air quality, flash flood prevention and shelter for wildlife, and acknowledges the importance of protecting and nurturing British woodland.

“The benefits of strong woodland coverage in the UK are clear, not least of all because wood is an essential material in construction, and we are proud to play such a significant role.”