We specialise in forestry within sensitive areas both directly within our local area of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are also the preferred contractor for a number of local Wildlife Trusts’ within Sites of Special Scientific Interest SSSI where specific management measures are required in order to protect ground fauna and other species within the woodland community.

The Forestry Commission, Wildlife Trust, and The National Trust are clients of ours. undertaking a wealth of woodland management work for a number of local customers. This typically includes:

  • Selective Felling & Thinning
  • Timber Extraction & Marketing
  • Heathland Restoration
  • Ride Widening
  • Ride Reinstatement
  • Residue Removal
  • Forestry Mulching and Ground Preparations for Planing
  • Stump Rotovating


We are advocates of a more sustainable approach towards site clearance projects. All waste is chipped using our crane fed whole tree chipper. The end product is a G30 grade biomass which is then removed from site and used for the production 
of electricity. Check out our whole tree chipper in action below.

All site clearance works are carried out in accordance with BS5837: 2012 – Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations and are supervised by a member of our Arboricultural Consultancy team to ensure that all conditions stipulated by the planning consent are strictly adhered to. We then liaise with the Local Planning Authority to confirm that all works were supervised. This is an approach favoured by developer and Local Planning Authority and is a system that we adopt on all commercial site clearance projects.

"Ben Nicholson Tree Services Ltd provided Berkeley with an excellent service on a tree clearance package on our new site in Cranleigh. Andy Fulbrook was always on the end of a phone, the company were very professional in the tender process and I'd recommend them for work going forward in the Berkeley Group and elsewhere."

Chris Grammer, Berkeley Homes


Tree protection fencing supplied and installed – all meeting the recognised standard (BS5837: 2012 – Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations).

We are able to provide and install Protective Barrier Fencing at development sites, both large and small. This is often done as the site clearance works are in progress. This provides piece of mind to the developer and the Local Planning Authority, as it demonstrates that all required tree protection measures at the site have been implemented as early as possible.

The installation works are supervised by a member of our Arboricultural Consultancy team to ensure that all Root Protection Areas are carefully avoided. The fencing is then inspected and signed off by one of our Arboricultural Consultants, thus providing the developer with a prompt, efficient and cost effective service. Check out the Protective Barrier Fencing we can supply and install by watching the video below.

BS5837 PBF example (See opposite).

Site Clearance

An exponential requirement for housing has driven a boom in development. This has unfortunately led to the loss of many trees and green spaces. The planning process dictates that once the consent has been granted, the site should be cleared in accordance with the recognised industry best practice guidance. Sadly this is not always the case and lots of additional tree damage and loss occurs as a result of poor workmanship and a lack of professionalism.

At Ben Nicholson Tree Services Ltd we have invested sensibly in the best site clearance plant and equipment available. This includes several excavators mounted with tree shear and grab saw attachments, which allow us to mechanically remove trees with far greater speed and accuracy than our competitors. Mechanical tree removal is much safer than conventional methods such as section felling, and the likelihood of damage 
to surrounding retainable trees is completely eliminated.

Watch the video below to check out our new excavator mounted grab-saw in action.