We are the Stott-Watts clan

Hello and thanks for visiting our site - we hope you've found it informative and helpful.
We like to connect with our clients both professionally and personally so wanted to give you an insight into 'us'.


The 'Stott-Watts clan' has 5 members - 3 humans and 2 fur-babies.  We are a kiwi family living in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland.  It's living in Auckland without 'living in Auckland'.  We love it.

Our family members include:

  • Nick Stott – he's the business.  The tree expert that puts other 'tree experts' to shame (see below for more deets about this amazingly knowledgeable man).
  • Amy Watts (hopefully soon to be a Stott too) – grounds person, PA, part-time home executive.
  • Liam Watts – student.
  • Neeson – our beautiful, naughty, challenging, French Bulldog.  He's named after the Neeson from 'Liam Neeson' - get it (Liam and Neeson)?  A gift from the Make-A-Wish foundation for Liam (our son) who has survived major health challenges.  A wonderful, loved addition to the clan.
  • Chop (sticks) – he’s the newest addition.  A crazy kitten who loves to jump on Neeson and run from one end of the house to the other.  Turns up when you least expect it!

"The best view comes after the hardest climb"

Having completed a stint with regular trips to Starship dealing with our sons health concerns, we wanted to support our family with a change of lifestyle and a change of pace.  We started thinking about becoming our own bosses - living the kiwi dream.


It's been one hell of a journey with learning SO MANY things about setting up an actual business we had no idea about, and the planning stage has taken what feels like AGES.  But we're finally doing it!  Out there - living, working, enjoying and sharing the knowledge.

 


That's where Nick comes in - he's truely amazing!  Ask him pretty much anything about any tree and he'll rattle off the answer.  He can recall the latin name of the tree, where it's come from, the best growing conditions, the best pruning requirements - you get it, trees, trees, TREES!
A lover of trees but not so much that he won't chop 'em down too (loves that part as all guys and gals in the industry do).
He's a fully qualified arborist, finishing his training in 1999 at the Waikato Polytechnical Institute, Hamilton Gardens - one of the best places in the world to be taught.

In terms of what qualifications he has:

  • National certificate in Horticulture
  • Advanced certificate in Arboriculture - Level 4 (which basically means he's qualified to talk to you about your trees).

 

Nick has been involved in all aspects of the industry (AKA, extremely experienced and actually knows what he's doing).  Everything from planting during the really looooong holiday periods during training, completing some of the largest tree transplantations undertaken in NZ at the time, all forms of arboriculture (including cranes, slings and helicopters - ask him about it, he LOVES to talk) and over a decade of positions in local government.  In 2012 when the Super City was created, Nick was employed as the Council Heritage Arborist to look after all of our notable heritage trees in the greater Auckland region.  That's some 7000 trees/groups of trees!

 

Because of Nick's passion for trees, he has a broad background in tree identification and understands the finer details e.g. pest and disease problems; body language of trees; wood weight and the list goes on.  He's someone you can turn to for knowledgeable advice including resource consents, Arboricultural reports and tree memorandums.

 

Thanks again for taking the time to check us out.

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