Welcome from the Horticulture team

Welcome to the Horticulture page in the Department of Biology.

We provide a wide range of specialist services to staff in the Department of Biology and we are based in B/P/001. Our email address is biol-horticulture-group@york.ac.uk

We are located in Biology and walled garden near Heslington Hall and have a range of specialist glasshouse and controlled environment facilities available. Services we offer are as follows:

  • Growing media and pot filling request service - to order complete the Compost Request Form
  • Provision of plant material for research and teaching
  • Maintenance of glasshouses and controlled environment facilities
  • Advice on plant cultivation
  • Advice on selection of equipment and materials
  • Monitoring of environmental conditions in plant growth cabinets and rooms and the glasshouses
  • Provision of environmental data
  • GM induction for P Block access

We are often out of the office working round the Department/in the walled garden, but please try calling us on extension 8568. Please note if calling from an outside line you need to prefix with 01904 32(ext). Our team is made up of the following staff:

Jason Daff - Horticulture Manager (Office B/K/224 - ext 8554)

Harry Stevens, Paul Scott - Senior Horticulture Technicians

Alison Fenwick, Dave Grimshaw, Peter Smithson, Jacob Woodward - Horticulture Technicians


Anyone working in the horticultural facilities will need to undergo an induction. The induction will be in the form of a tour, with an overview of the local rules and procedures. The induction usually takes 30-40minutes. To arrange an induction for a new starter please contact the Horticulture Manager.

The induction guide can be viewed here: Induction Guide - Plant Growth Facilities

Health & Safety Documentation

Copies of all horticultural risk assessments, standard operating procedures and hazardous substance risk assessments for pesticides, biocodes and cleaning agents can be viewed here: Health & Safety documents - Google drive

Should you need further training or information please get in touch at biol-horticulture-group@york.ac.uk 

Horticulture charges
Glasshouse & Plant Growth RoomsCost / Day / m2£1.02
External PlotCost / Day / m2£0.90
Growth CabinetsCost / Day / Cabinet£1.18

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