Clients and Testimonials

It is important to us that our clients are 100% satisfied and we endeavour to offer exceptional service with added value wherever possible.

Our list of clients to date includes Darlington Borough Council, Durham County Council, Forestry England, Groundwork NE & Cumbria, Hartlepool Borough Council, Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership, Howardian Hills AONB, National Trust, North Pennines AONB, North York Moors National Park Authority, River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, various Town and Parish Councils and a large number of private landowners. Below are several testimonials from our clients.


The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust commissioned 4Nature to carry out evaluation of the Tees Valley Wild Green Places project to meet the requirements of a grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund. We were very impressed with the professional and efficient way that this contract was carried out on a tight deadline. Sarah's in depth understanding of green space community engagement enabled her to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative data to report on the project outcomes. The information was presented in a clear and attractive way. Sarah maintained contact with the Trust throughout the commission and the final report was excellent. Dr. Susan Antrobus, TVWGP Project Manager, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, March 2020

The North Pennines AONB Partnership employed 4Nature in 2019 to carry out an access audit and to identify and cost works to enhance Public Rights of Way.  The contract was part of the development phase of the Tees Swale project, covering parts of the AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We were kept well informed of work progress, they were easy to work with and obviously have an excellent grounding in Rights of Way. Our final report is very easy to follow and logical, making the access work that much easier to fit into the overall Tees-Swale project. I wouldn’t hesitate to use 4Nature again.

Alex Sijpesteijn, Project Officer, North Pennines AONB Partnership, February 2020

4Nature was commissioned to undertake an access audit of the Maidendale Nature Reserve in Darlington on behalf of it’s Management Trust.  The purpose of the audit was to identify, prioritise and cost out potential access improvement works. The intention was for the report to provide evidence of condition and replacement or upgrade costs to support the Trust’s applications for external funding. We were extremely pleased with the audit and report done by 4Nature, who went beyond what we were expecting. They even introduced us to a third possible type of material we had not considered (for replacement of boardwalks and fishing platforms) that could be at a lesser cost than recycled plastics, but that could be mixed with natural wood alternatives. Both of the Rangers we work with were also impressed with the report, and we are now looking at future funding that can be used to correct the urgent repairs that were identified by 4Nature. 

David Preston Secretary, Maidendale Nature & Fishing Reserve Trust, December 2019

Jay and Toby and the team at 4Nature recently completed some vegetation management and PAWS restoration work at a number of Forestry Commission sites.

There was excellent communication regarding progress throughout and all works were carried out to a very high standard, were completed within the set time frame and to the agreed budget.

It was a pleasure to work with such a professional team from start to finish.

Cath Bashforth

Ecologist, Forestry England (Yorkshire & North East Area)

Jay, Toby and the important and trusted canine assistant were successful in becoming Hartlepool Borough’s preferred Rights of Way vegetation clearance team for 2017.  Their professionalism and hard work shone through, with all of the paths well cut and in a very good state for walkers to use.

The work was completed well within the schedule timings and within the quoted costs. I will have no hesitation in using 4Nature for future vegetation clearance work.  2018 awaits!

Chris Scaife

Countryside Access Officer, Hartlepool Borough Council

I am delighted to confirm that throughout 2016/2017 River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership employed the services of 4Nature to deliver key access improvements to both the Snipe Pond Heritage Trail in Darlington and to the North Yorkshire section of the Teesdale Way.

All works delivered by 4Nature were complete ahead of schedule and within the agreed budget. All works were undertaken to a high level a professionalism and all relevant Health and Safety procedures were complied with at all times.

I have been very happy with the standard of work delivered which has always represented a high level of value for money. I would not hesitate contracting 4Nature to deliver works for the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership in the future.

Lucy Chapman

Partnership Manager, River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership

Jay and the 4Nature team have just completed the second year of non-native invasive plant control work on the River Esk catchment. They have been professional and hard working throughout the contract on this challenging programme of Himalayan balsam control work. I wouldn’t hesitate in using Jay and his team again for future work.
Simon Hirst

River Esk Project Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

In January 2017, 4Nature was awarded to contract to deliver significant path improvement works and path refurbishments on two of the town council’s allotment sites sites in Barnard Castle.

The quotation was competitively priced, works were completed on time and to an excellent standard. Of particular significance, as the town is within a conservation area, 4Nature successfully used materials sympathetic with the environment, conserving and enhancing the area for the benefit of the town.

Michael King

Clerk to the Council, Barnard Castle Town Council

4Nature was commissioned to survey the signage along a stretch of the Teesdale Way between Croft and Stapleton villages in North Yorkshire and to compile a report. From this comprehensive survey, the company then installed new signposts, giving walkers confidence that they were following the correct Teesdale Way route. 4Nature adhered to the Teesdale Way waymarking guidelines due to the company’s familiarity with this important long distance path.

All work was carried out to the schedule agreed and completed to extremely high standards, thank you!

Christine Corbett

Community and Access Officer, River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership

Jay has completed 30 days work over the winter, thinning trees for the North York Moors National Park in Cliff Plantation at Sutton Bank. He carried out the task methodically and thoroughly and managed to get through more of it than I thought he would – and some of it in very poor weather too. On his own initiative he added value to the work by setting up fixed point ‘before and after’ photography to monitor the results and supplied the locations on a map so that we can repeat this in future years if we wish. In addition he offered to work with our volunteers to clear the brash created which maximised the amount of time he could spend thinning which made the job more cost effective. He is pleasant to work with, took time to report progress and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Michael Graham

Assistant Director of Park Services , North York Moors National Park Authority

Jay has an excellent ‘can-do’ attitude and he produced work of the highest quality. That is why I have not hesitated to give him more work as a contractor. 
Malcolm Hodgson

National Trails Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority.

I have employed the services of 4Nature on a number of occasions since August 2015. Initially, Jay was awarded the contract to install over 40 gates (both hand-gates and kissing-gates) on a 48km section of a regionally-promoted footpath through the Teesdale area known as “The Teesdale Way”. He undertook this work with great professionalism, his standard of work was excellent and the contract was completed within the set time-scale and budget too. I have since received a number of very positive comments from both walkers and landowners alike.  

On the back of the standard of work shown during the afore-mentioned works, Jay was then awarded the work to install 38 new signposts on both The Teesdale Way and a locally-promoted route known as The Greta Walk. Again, his work was first-rate and completed within the allocated time and budget set.  

Jay has also undertaken other smaller tasks for me too; including the installation of hand-rails, revetment boards and steps on footpaths where needed as well as supervising volunteers and completing tree clearance works where a chainsaw was required. I do not have any hesitation in recommending him.

Emma Ashton-Wickett

Paths for all People Officer, Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership

Thank you to Jay Marrison concerning his work at Elba Park in Sunderland. Jay was appointed as Contract Supervisor for a two week period to cover my holiday absence. Within this period he took on the supervision of 5 workers and successfully completed a 150 metre path construction which included drainage and revetment work.  On my return I inspected his construction work and asked my work colleagues for feedback on his performance as a Supervisor.  In both cases the feedback was completely positive and we will definitely be using Jay as a contractor in the future.
Michael Dent

Galvanise Green Team Supervisor, Groundwork North East and Cumbria

4Nature won a contract for the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership worth approximately £18,000 to supply and install various gates along the Teesdale Way footpath.  These were mostly replacements for old stiles and required the fencing on each side to be made good.  The work was carried out in a professional manner within the agreed timescale.  Any snagging issues, of which there were very few, were dealt with promptly.  I would be very happy to work with 4Nature again. 
John Day

Senior Landscape Officer, Durham County Council