Nicholsons at Blenheim

Whilst our ROSARA team were busy running their first stand at BBC Countryfile Live, Tim Shardlow, was invited in his role as RFS Oxon and Bucks Secretary to attend a 30-year Long Service presentation to Nick Bainbridge, who leads a team of foresters at Blenheim Palace.

Hosted by John Craven and attended by the RFS (Royal Forestry Society) President Sophie Churchill and His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, Nick was praised by the Duke of Marlborough for being the “quintessential carer” of Blenheim’s landscape and woodlands.


For more details on the presentation please visit the Royal Forestry Society’s website here.

About Nick: Nick started work at Blenheim Palace straight from school at the age of 16 as a YTS student. He has lived on the estate all his life and is now the forestry foreman leading a team of four.

Everyone who visits Countryfile Live will be benefitting from his hard work within the park which is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the renowned Capability Brown finest landscapes (300th anniversary of CB this year!).

 Nick and his team look after over 2,000 acres of woods at the Palace which is visited by 900,000 people a year. Under his care is one of Europe’s most important SSSI veteran oak woodlands with some including the mighty ‘King Oak’ dating back over 1,000 years. Alongside the woodland and parkland management Nick’s team also grow and sell nearly 2,000 Christmas trees on the estate each year.

Nicholsons at Blenheim