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.
1979 – Nicholsons established by Roderick Nicholson
Nicholsons began on a 5 acre plot in Middleton Stoney with a professional forestry service.
1987 – Nicholsons moved
Nicholsons moved to The Park in North Aston, where you can still find us today.
1992 – Niel Nicholson joins Nicholsons full-time
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
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
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.
2000 – Main office built
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
Merlin Brooke-Little joined Nicholsons in 2002, he has excellent horticultural knowledge. Merlin is now Director of our Plants Division.
2008 – Roderick Nicholson retires
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
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
Sam Gibson joined the company as a contracts manager in 2012. Sam is now our Director of Operations.
2014 – Plant Centre built
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
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
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
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
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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