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

Technical Briefings

Exchange of Ideas Across Continents: Nicholsons Graduates Visit the Mara

By Harriet Smith, George Griffin & Eleanor Dring At the end of April, a group from across the Nicholsons Forestry, Soils, Landscape and Yurt teams travelled to the Maasai Mara in Kenya to learn and experience a variety of projects that Nicholsons have been involved in for many years. Herds of cattle (including traditional Maasi cows along with those bred with Boron Bulls for beef), graze across the Mara; herded by farmersRead more »

The Benefits of Incorporating Nature into Development

By Harriet Smith Over the past couple of years, I have gained a newfound appreciation for nature and all the benefits it can offer, both physically and mentally. This appreciation mainly stemmed from lockdowns spent in my back garden, with highlights including finding hedgehogs and seeing deer for the first time at a local, protected park – both of which resulted in lots of excitement! As a result of this, I have developed a keen interestRead more »

The Oxfordshire Treescape Project

The Oxfordshire Treescape Project is a small, collaborative project set up in 2019 in response to concerns about how to balance the UK government’s ambitious tree planting targets with both sustainable food production and the need to protect and restore the natural environment. We are run by the charity GrowGreenCarbon in collaboration with University of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery. With over 70% of UK land being used for agriculture, the farming industryRead more »

Foresters on Tour – 2022 Research Trip to Dresden

How forestry research and practices are developing and adapting in the face of future climatic pressures Article prepared by Harry Poole, Graduate Woodland Manager With the list of challenges and threats to effective woodland management growing seemingly larger every year, driven by anthropogenic climate change, it is becoming apparent that we need to continue to adapt our management practices to ensure our woodland systems are more resilient moving forward. Nicholson’s Lockhart GarrattRead more »

Counting the cost of change using a different currency

'A word from the nursery' Counting the cost of change using a different currency Merlin Brooke-Little, our Director of Plants, considers how forces on the horticultural industry can be given a more optimistic context with the environment as the focus. At the time of writing the forces of global economics have been a salient lesson to our political masters that there are events outside of our perceived control that can master us. King Lear sumsRead more »

The Yurt at Nicholsons Selected to Feature in the Michelin Guide

Our lovely team celebrate entry into the Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland. The Yurt at Nicholsons are delighted to announce that we have been selected for the Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland. A huge amount of effort goes into providing delicious food and innovative menus, whilst operating as sustainably as possible. To be featured in the Michelin Guide is a great reward for all the hard work that The Yurt team put intoRead more »

“Connected by EXANTE” – Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022

By Victoria Sherbourne Synonymous with freshly cut grass, blooming flowers and blossoming trees is the Chelsea Flower Show. This year, we are thrilled to be returning to the Show to build a considered and captivating garden named, “Connected by EXANTE,” for Finnish designer, Taina Suonio. Our passion is to lead on sustainability, not only in garden design but construction techniques too. As an ambassador for environmental conservation, it is no surprise to hear that when weRead more »

Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt Return to Chelsea Flower Show

Nicholsons Lockhart Garratt are to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show to build the most magical garden “Connected by EXANTE” for Finnish designer Taina Suonio. We could hardly believe our luck when we received the invitation to join forces with Taina at Chelsea in 2022. Our beating heart is to lead on sustainability, not only in garden design but also construction techniques. We have a growing awareness that the extensive use of concrete and hard landscapingRead more »

What is Phytophthora pluvialis?

Tree pests and diseases are an integral part of a woodland ecosystem. Damaged, dying, dead, and decaying trees provide some of the most biodiverse habitat in this country for a wonderful variety of wildlife, from the exceptionally rare pseudoscorpion Larca lata only found on Oak in Windsor Great Park, to the more common examples of our 3 native woodpeckers, numerous species of bats, and an almost inexhaustible list of invertebrates. The balance of life and deathRead more »