Set up in 1979 by Roderick Nicholson, Nicholsons now proudly boasts three main divisions including a full horticultural garden design and forestry service to Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

Our Story

1979 – Nicholsons established by Roderick Nicholson

February 1, 1979

Nicholsons began on a 5 acre plot in Middleton Stoney with a professional forestry service.

1987 – Nicholsons moved

July 26, 1987

Nicholsons moved to The Park in North Aston, where you can still find us today.

1992 – Niel Nicholson joins Nicholsons full-time

January 1, 1992

Following his completion of an Honours Degree at Edinburgh University, Niel came to join his father at Nicholsons after several years in the industry. Niel is now our Financial Director.

1997 – Liz Nicholson joins Nicholsons full-time

January 1, 1997

Liz Nicholson, having worked part-time with the business since 1992, came to join the team as a full-time member of staff. She brought with her a creative spirit and fresh ideas for the development of Nicholsons. Liz is now our Managing Director.

1997 – Nicholsons Landscapes established

January 1, 1997

Nicholsons Landscapes was established in 1997 by Liz, this was an inspired decision as Landscapes is now the most flourishing part of the business. The first large job was a showroom garden down in New Haven, a huge success that set the division up well for the future.

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2000 – Main office built

January 1, 2000

Nicholsons’ main office is built, along with our beloved first polytunnel, Clarence. Clarence now plays home to the Rosara range, providing an outdoor area to showcase our products in situ.

2002 – Merlin Brooke-Little joins Nicholsons full-time

January 1, 2002

Merlin Brooke-Little joined Nicholsons in 2002, he has excellent horticultural knowledge. Merlin is now Director of our Plants Division.

2008 – Roderick Nicholson retires

January 1, 2008

In 2008, Roderick Nicholson retired after a successful 29 years, having grown the business from scratch. Roderick is still seen often in the nursery but now has more time to care for his own garden!

2010 – Orchard Barn built

January 1, 2010

In 2010 the Orchard Barn is built. Originally owned by Mrs Heinz of the 57 Varieties, Orchard Barn now plays host to numerous Club 57 events throughout the year.

2012 – Sam Gibson joins Nicholsons full-time

June 14, 2012

Sam Gibson joined the company as a contracts manager in 2012. Sam is now our Director of Operations.

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2014 – Plant Centre built

January 1, 2014

Our new Plant Centre is built, housing all office-based plants staff and our shop. In addition, it showcases some of the Rosara furniture.

2016 – Rosara established

March 1, 2016

Rosara is established – bringing you outdoor style from the Nicholsons design team. You can view the range here: http://www.rosara.co.uk/

2016 – Yurt built and established

July 11, 2018

Our lovely Yurt Café is built. Fun fact – It was put up in a day. View our delicious menu and more here: https://www.nicholsonsgb.com/yurt

2022 – Justin Mumford joins board of Directors

January 1, 2022

As a former director of Lockhart Garratt and following the merger of the two companies, Justin joined the board of directors in 2022.

2022 – Merger of Nicholsons and Lockhart Garratt

January 21, 2022

By combining two of the industry’s most experienced service providers in landscape design, forestry and environmental planning, we can now offer a unified high-quality service to all of our clients, integrating consultancy advice with contracting support, providing continuity and reassurance for plant supply, resources and materials. Read our full press release here: https://www.nicholsonsgb.com/nlg-stronger-together/

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