Nicholsons Technical Briefings2019-09-19T14:14:50+00:00


Technical briefings from our plants, forestry & landscape teams here at Nicholsons

Technical Briefings

Our Approach to CDM

The 2015 revision of the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2007 brought much confusion to the landscaping industry. Four years on, and CDM is still regarded with some trepidation and unease. Though competent companies undertaking construction are most likely meeting the requirements of all the regulations through their general health and safety practice, for the safety of clients, designers and contractors, it is paramount that the approach is standardised across the industry. Earlier this year, Read more »

Biosecurity Update – November 2019

October to April marks the UK winter planting season and sees a flurry of activity across suppliers, nurseries and gardens nationwide. However, as exciting and colourful as this time of year is, increased planting brings with it increased plant movement, and an increased likelihood of biosecurity risks along with it. Horticultural news is often dominated by pests and diseases, with announcements of new outbreaks regularly at the forefront of Read more »

Plant Passports

With the increase in the trade of plants over the last decades, the risk of introducing new pests and diseases has increased. Given favourable weather conditions and a lack of natural enemies, they can spread and lead to environmental damage, destruction of native plant species, substantial economic losses in agricultural production and an increase in the use of pesticides. Therefore, measures to prevent their introduction and spread are essential. Plant Passports are part of the armoury used Read more »

Identifying Pine Processionary moth

As the days draw in and Christmas inevitably begins to loom on the horizon, hundreds of thousands of Christmas trees will soon be freshly cut in Europe and freighted over to the UK.  Although unlikely to be encountered, readers should keep a watchful eye out for signs of Pine Processionary Moth (PPM). Originally from the Mediterranean, but now well established in Brittany and the north of Paris, this Read more »

Bio-secure Planting

In an era where threats to plant health are a serious issue, this presentation highlighted the importance for all stakeholders in any plant sales or movements to understand the chain of custody for those plants. It looked at some of the national bodies with an interest in plant health and what they are doing to protect our ecology. It also looked at what Nicholsons are doing as part of this bigger picture. View Read more »

Ash Dieback: Why Should I Care?

Common Ash is one of the UK’s most versatile tree species and makes up 12% of the UK’s Broadleaf Woodlands. However, ash dieback is now present across the UK and forecast to ultimately infect 95% of woodland ash, of which 85% are expected to die within 15 years of infection. The impact is expected to be greater than Dutch Elm disease, posing significant ecological, economic, and safety risks to owners, managers, and the wider environment. This