Worplesdon hole 5 before clearing
Worplesdon hole 5 after clearing
Professional tree felling
Stump removal with a grinder
Moortown hole 5 after clearing

John Nicholson has over the past years worked on over 400 golf courses, giving advice on trees and woodlands, conservation management and habitat restoration. John has written a number of articles for magazines including Greenkeeper International, The Golf Club Secretary and Bunkered. He has given lectures at BTME at Harrogate, the London Tree Forum, The English Golf Club Union Road Show and the NW BIGGA conference at Mere, NGF Dutch Golf Federation as well as Country Golf Unions and other associated bodies.

John's philosophy is simple: "On established layouts it is essential to maintain the 'genius loci' of the landscape and our management prescriptions always reflect this. The character of a course can often be changed unintentionally though lack of management, i.e. regeneration blocking scenic views, infringing on play or by woodland encroaching onto an inappropriate site such as a heathland or links course, where the natural ecology which attracted golf in the first instance will be destroyed."

"Woodland management and conservation are often the bottom of the list of priorities for golf club committees as it is often mistakenly thought that the environment will manage itself. Unfortunately this is not the case and it should be noted that there is a great difference between conservation and preservation. You cannot preserve a landscape or golf course as it is a living entity and will naturally change over time. you can however conserve it in a desirable state by management."

John co-ordinate’s projects and the collaboration of the three parties will allow clients to mix and match the expertise available to suit their requirements. Always aware of the need for specialist advice John has recruited the help of ecologists Mike Edwards and Barry Anderson to assist in Conservation Management. Golf courses he is presently working on include, Sunningdale, St. George’s Hill, Royal Wimbledon, Woking, North Hants, Royal Lytham & St Annes, Moortown, Copt Heath and Hollinwell.

Tel: +44-1913842556 -- Mob: +44-7967818719

Company Name
John Nicholson
Arborist / Ecologist
Active Since
Work areas
  • Woodland management
  • Conservation Management
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Ecological Design
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