Nicholsons provide a full planting and maintenance service with trained and highly experienced forestry teams, equally capable in handling mature as well as small bare-rooted planting stock.


Woodland Creation

The service extends to all situations, whether we have provided initial advice and specifications, or where other parties have. We work with clients in deciding the correct planting location and design, species selection, protection requirements, as well as planning full aftercare and maintenance programmes.

Our portfolio includes farm woodlands, restocking sites in forests, hedgerows, historic and modern parklands, avenues and shelterbelts.

Woodland Creation

Our Capabilities

In planning any tree, woodland or hedgerow planting scheme, we will be pleased to advise and support you in the following areas:

Species SuitabilityPlanted trees must be suited to the site conditions. Soil type, exposure and future climatic conditions must be considered prior to planting.
Size of Planting StockSubject to the species choice, a range of plant sizes will be available for planting. Bare root seedlings up to large standard trees are possibilities, with site, budget and speed of establishment the primary considerations to be considered.
Protection of New StockFrom the moment of planting it is vital to protect from herbivores and livestock. Deer and Rabbits are the primary concern, but Sheep, Cattle and Horses must also be considered. Depending on the scale of the tree planting, fencing, individual guards or a combination of both will be required.
The Layout and Design of New Parkland, Copses and Woodland DevelopmentsEarly consideration of layout and species placement is important to maximise the long-term benefits and enjoyment being sought, be it for gamebirds, wildlife, landscaping, screening and horse riding.
Aftercare and MaintenanceTo secure optimum plant growth and continued health, a maintenance programme will be required. This may include herbicide applications, fence and guard maintenance, pruning and watering. Nicholsons teams involved in initial planting are dedicated to individual sites to help ensure continuity of management and to keep costs to a minimum.
Grant AidGrant support for tree, woodland, hedgerow and parkland planting is available from a range of sources. Eligibility, suitability and complexity must be considered. We offer support in grant applications and ongoing management of grant contracts.
LegislationPlanting must be undertaken with due consideration of protected landscapes, the historic environment, endangered or protected habitats, water catchments and access rights. We will advise, plan and undertake consultation to ensure compliance and best practice is met.

Tree Planting Grants

Our team can help you in securing a number of grants to help your woodland creation process. These include grants for areas affected by the High Speed 2 line. Click the button below to find out how we can help you and start your process.

Start the process

How can our forestry team help?

Our expert forestry team offer a wide range of services and would be happy to discuss how they can best support you.

“Thank you all for such a rare and appreciated quality of service. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends.”

Mrs Borrough

Nicholsons is accredited by the following official organisations:

Approved contractors of the Safe-contractor scheme, Nicholsons are also accredited with CHAS and Arboricultural Association. The Company recently won an award as Cherwell Established Business of the Year 2019, as well as Oxfordshire Large Business of the Year awards 2019.

Woodland Creation