Meet The Forestry Team

Our forestry team has been in the business of caring for British native trees and woodland for over 35 years. We are Arb. Association Approved and members of the ICF (Institute of Chartered Foresters), investing in the ongoing training and development of all our operatives. Keen to make a difference, our team is particularly proactive in the areas of biodiversity and habitat improvement, working with organisations such as the GWCT, Natural England and Catchment Partnerships to deliver sustainable woodland management.

We have, over time, established a broad-based clientele, ranging from leading landowners to individual householders, with many clients staying with us for years! Whether your project is large or small, our team of highly qualified and experienced graduate foresters, arboriculturalists and tree surgeons are proud to offer a professional but personalised service.

Tim Shardlow – Director

Our ExpertiseBSc (Hons) Forestry, MICFor, M Arbor A

Tim leads the Forestry team and joined the company in 2000. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of forestry having been in the industry for over 35 years.

Favourite Tree? Field Maple (Acer campestre) Why? Such a useful tree that can be in many ways ‘multi-purpose’, either as a main woodland tree, an edge tree or hedgerow shrub. Good colour and tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

Dai Lewis  – Woodland Manager

Our ExpertiseBSc (Hons) Forestry MICFor

Dai began his love of the rural environment from an early age, having worked on a farm from the age of 8. Pursuing a qualification in pure forestry was the natural course, while additional practical experience was gained as a woodsman on a private estate in Wiltshire. Dai’s passion for lowland forestry has resulted in a long career in the south of England. 28 years on, working  in this beautiful and natural environment is still a vocational experience. Dai enjoys working with a wide variety of landowners to ensure their wishes and objectives are achieved in the most cost effective way.

Favourite Tree? Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) Why? It is a very versatile tree and its wood can be used for many things fencing, furniture, building etc.; it is naturally durable, with magnificent large leaves and it bears edible fruit or seeds.

Colin Finlay – Woodland Manager

Our ExpertiseBSc (Hons) Forestry, AICFor

Colin joined Nicholsons in 2010, having worked for the Forestry Commission for seven years as a Woodland Officer. His interest lies in both foresty and conservation, and enjoyment comes from designing new woodlands, and working alongside clients to help them diversify the use of their woods.

Favourite Tree? Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Why? Walking into a mature grove of these trees is simply an incredible experience, where you are left feeling very small. The height they reach is exceptional. John Steinbeck wrote that “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always….. they are not like any trees we know; they are ambassadors from another time’. I couldn’t agree with him more.

Charlie Harper – Trainee Forestry Manager

Our ExpertiseHND Rural Land Management

Charlie grew up on an arable farm locally in Northamptonshire. After studying Rural Land Management and working on the family farm he turned his hand to Forestry in 2013. He heads the ArcGIS mapping and manages the Forestry direct labour team. His interests lie in preparing woodland management plans and designing planting schemes.

Favourite Tree? English Oak (Quercus robur) Why? The farm I grew up on had an area of parkland with 250 year Oaks. There’s no tree more elegant to me.

Jon Emanuel – Arboricultural Manager

Our ExpertiseJon heads up our arboriculture team with 20 years experience in tree surgery, climbing, surveys and team management. He has a strong background in public sector work and so is able to handle large contracts with professionalism and ease but also enjoys the individual projects where a high level of care must be taken.

Favourite Tree? Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum) Why? This tree exhibits a visually pleasing form, from the growth habit to its delicate flower and foliage displays. It’s an ideal tree for any garden, and really easy to maintain. We don’t see nearly as many as there should be.