Thanks for your help here.
The business invests in property. It is a small business and seeks to have a close, personal connection with the people we meet. We are located in England (UK) and our target market will all be based here in England.
We are constantly seeking wealthy people as business partners to work very closely with us. They will need to trust us personally.
Our work involves finding investment properties to purchase. We will do all the main work involved with this and our partners (i.e our target audience) put the funding (money) in. They, therefore, need to have access to large amounts of money and so our branding must create substantial trust. They need to feel like they know we have the intelligent knowledge to invest their money in property, and that they will see positive growth/returns in their money.
Other words that may help you get a feel for the emotions we are seeking to conjure are - 'dependable', 'knowledgeable', 'reassuring' and 'elegant'.
Although the name 'Sherwood Investments' was not originally created in connection to England's famous Sherwood Forest, you may consider there is a useful emotional connection to using a tree or woods in the design. For example, the oak tree is strong and dependable. If applied, I would like it to be subtle though and not overbearing.
I will, however, very much welcome other ideas that have nothing to do with trees. If you have other ideas, therefore, that have nothing to do with trees/forests/woods, then please do put them forward too.