We are the Stott-Watts clan
Hello! Thanks for visiting our website.We hope you’ve found it informative and helpful. We are Nick Stott and Amy Watts, the proud owner-operators of Stott & Co Tree Experts – your Auckland arborists.
We like to connect with our clients both professionally and personally so we wanted to give you an insight into ‘US’.
The Stott-Watts clan has five members – three humans and two fur babies. We are a Kiwi family living in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland. It’s like 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 (soon to be a Stott too) – she’s the one answering your messages and phone calls, and running the office side of things. Amy is also the grounds-person during site time. She is learning the business along the way, and she’s already got some MEAN skills.
- Liam Watts – our son, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Unitech and working part-time making pizzas at Hells Pizza (you should totally try their donuts!)
- Neeson – our beautiful, naughty, challenging, French Bulldog. He’s named after the actor Liam Neeson – get it?Liam and Neeson? He was a gift from the Make-A-Wish foundation for Liam who has survived major health challenges. Neeson is 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, and turns up when you least expect it!
What’s our “Why”?
After having completed a stint of regular trips to Starship dealing with our son’s serious 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 and living the Kiwi dream.
It’s been one hell of a journey with learning SO MANY things about setting up an actual business that we had no idea about, and the planning stage which took what felt like AGES. But we’re finally doing it! One year on and it still seems CRAZY! We’re out there – living, working, enjoying, meeting wonderful clients and sharing the knowledge.
That’s where Nick comes in – he’s truly amazing! Ask him pretty much anything about any tree and he’ll ALWAYS rattle off the answer. He can recall the botanical name of the tree, where it’s come from, the best growing conditions, the best pruning requirements … you get it, trees, trees, TREES!
He’s a lover of trees – but not so much that he won’t chop ’em down too. He LOVES that part – as all the guys and gals in the industry do.
He’s a fully qualified arborist, finishing his training in 1999 at the Waikato Polytechnic Institute, Hamilton Gardens – one of the best places in the world to learn.
- National certificate in Horticulture
- Advanced certificate in Arboriculture – Level 4 (which basically means he’s qualified to talk to you about your trees).
Nick Stott has been involved in all aspects of the industry, which means that he is extremely experienced and actually knows what he’s doing. He has done it all: everything from planting during the really looooong holiday periods during his 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 more than a decade working in positions in local government. In 2012, when the Super City was created, Nick was employed as the Auckland Council Heritage Arborist to look after all of our notable/scheduled heritage trees in the greater Auckland region. That’s some 7000 trees and/or groups of trees!
Because of Nick’s passion for trees, he has an extensive background in tree identification and understands the finer details of 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.