Dr Peter Nichols is the Director of Banksia Environmental (ABN 20731212306) and is the Company’s principal ecologist, landscape and arboricultural specialist. He has had substantial experience in the field of ecological research and assessment, landscape horticulture and urban tree management. Projects include broad scale open space planning, specific environmental and ecological assessment and research, residential landscape design and construction, commercial and residential landscape experience, experience with over two decades of landscape design and assessment, arboricultural consulting, over fifty cases as an expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court, and over five years of ecological assessment and research experience. 


  • PhD - Ecology (University of Western Sydney)
  • Post Graduate Diploma - Environmental Studies (Macquarie University)
  • Bachelor of Science - Urban Horticulture (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture (Burnley College, Melbourne University)
  • Statement of Attainment - Arboriculture Techniques  (Ryde TAFE)

Peter was awarded his PhD after completing his Thesis which was a research project that involved the development of an evaluation methodology which focused on the restoration of abandoned agricultural land. Prior to the establishment of Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd, he was employed within local government as a professional consulting ecologist and environmental scientist for over eleven years. Current clients include the Commonwealth Department of Defence (research and monitoring) and the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay (ecological assessment) and INCOLL - Project Management (National Youth Indigenous Development Centre, Redfern).


1993      Member, Australian Institute of Horticulture

2002      Member, Ecological Society of Australia

2003      Member, Society for Ecological Restoration

2003      Member, Royal Zoological Society of NSW

2003      Founding Member, Institute of Australian Consulting Arborists

Professional Background




2016 Banksia Environmental Director


Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd



University of Western Sydney

PhD Candidate- restoration ecology


Hornsby Shire Council

Tree Management


Hornsby Shire Council

Environmental Scientist


Newcastle City Council

Environmental Scientist


Integrated Site Planning & Mgt

Environmental Consultant/Commercial landscape designer

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Banksia Environmental.....ABN - 20731212306.....Lochinvar.....Ph: 02 4930 9071