We are the Stott-Watts clan

Hello!  Thanks for visiting our website. We hope you find it informative and helpful.
We are Nick Stott and Amy Watts, the proud owner-operators of Stott & Co Tree Experts – your Taranaki 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 four members – three humans and two fur babies.  We are a Kiwi family living in the beautiful Taranaki region.  We love it.

  • Nick Stott – the tree expert that puts other ‘tree experts’ to shame (see below for more deets about this amazingly knowledgeable man).
  • Amy Watts (the ‘Co’ side of our business) – 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.
    Born and bred in Taranaki and passionate about the region.
  • Liam Watts – our son, who has studied Mechanical Engineering at Unitech is now working at a local Eltham firm.

What’s our “Why”?

After having completed a long 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. Starting up in Auckland (the best place to be when you have a family member with serious health issues), we have migrated to Taranaki – Amy and Liam’s hometown.

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!  We’re out there – living, working, enjoying, meeting wonderful clients and sharing our knowledge.

That’s where Nick comes in – he’s truly amazing!  Ask him pretty much anything about any tree and he’ll 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!

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 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 throughout 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 the 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, the 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.

Contact us, Nick and Amy at Stott & Co Tree Experts, for any advice or consultation requirements.