1st Dec 2023


2023 Winners Forest Block

We're absolutely delighted to announce that we have once again won the Forest Equipment Dealer of the Year Award, building on our recent successes in 2022 & 2019. This year we are sharing the award with Buxtons LTD, another friendly dealership in the industry! We'd just like to take this moment to once again thank our valued clients for all your support & custom in 2023, making it a record breaking year for us and seeing us launch loads of exciting new brands like pioneering the launch of Milwaukee Outdoor Tools in the industry, Jailbrake Rigging Devices, OCUN Karabiners, and a host of new gear from big brands like STIHL, Arbortec, Husqvarna, STEIN & Teufelberger. A special shoutout to everyone who made the effort to come and see us at The Arb Show in May, and Confor Woodlands Show in September, Your continued support of these events keeps them going and allows us to travel the UK showing off our range. 

A big thanks to our team back at base too, our Sales, Warehouse, Workshops, Accounts and Marketing teams put in huge effort to make sure we maintain our 5-star reputation and ensure we are always providing you with the kit you need at the best prices. We're looking forward to another big year in 2024 and can't wait to dive into more events & more new products! 


Two leading arboriculture businesses win top industry prize!

SPONSOR: Société Générale Equipment Finance

WINNER: ForestAndArb & Buxton’s Ltd

ForestAndArb, the arboricultural machinery dealership based in Winchester, Hampshire, & Buxton’s Ltd, the arboricultural machinery dealership based in Penkridge, Staffordshire have jointly won the 2023 Forest Equipment Dealer of the Year Award. 

The Award was announced and presented toJason Nettle of Forest & Arb & Neale Hopely of Buxton’s at the Service Dealer Conference and Awards on 30 November by Steven Davies, Head of Agriculture from sponsors Société Générale Equipment Finance.

The Awards, organised by the leading business magazine Service Dealer, are now in their 19th year and recognise outstanding sales, service advice and support by dealers in the garden machinery, professional turfcare machinery, farm machinery, ATV and forestry equipment industry.

Awards are also given for New Technician of The Year, Best New Initiative, Star of the Dealership and Leadership.

The judges said, "ForestAndArb place great value on meeting customers face-to-face, creating new relationships, hence their attendance at both major industry shows this year, The Arb Show & Confor Woodlands. The dealership pushed through continued stock difficulties in early 2023 to ensure sure they had the right equipment available – whilst at the same time expanding into new product areas.”


"Buxton’s have one of the largest showrooms in the UK for forestry and arboricultural products, with an ever-expanding range. They have recently completely overhauled their premises which has coincided with the next generation of Buxton’s taking over increased responsibility in the dealership.


Steve Gibbs, editor of Service Dealer magazine, added, " Each year Service Dealer is delighted to celebrate the very best in specialist, local dealer expertise. Our winning companies and individuals exemplify how exceeding customer expectations is standard practice in their working lives. In these times when the consumer journey can be increasingly depersonalised, our Dealer Of The Year winners prove that friendly, highly-skilled, one-to-one service is both vital and to be cherished.” 

Forestry Equipment

Neale Hopley and Jason Nettle are presented with their Award by Steven Davies, Head of Agriculture at sponsors Société Générale Equipment Finance, with Service Dealer owner Duncan Murray-Clarke, left and comedian Charlie Baker, right. 

Further information:
Steve Gibbs, editor, Service Dealer, or 07929 438213 

Martin Collins, Winchester Garden Machinery (ForestAndArb), or 01962 857951