About Us

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About Stan Timmins & Sons

As well as providing trees surgery services we are dedicated to the preservation and management of trees. For further information, please see our Services section.

We thrive on ensuring that we remain compliant with all industry standards and hold all the relevant N.P.T.C’s for undertaking all tree surgery services, tree works, planting, hedge cutting, stump grinding, chipping and strimming operations.

Stan Timmins and Sons Ltd are fully insured with a £5m public and £10m employer liability policy. In addition to this, we also hold professional indemnity insurance for Arboricultural Consultancy.

All tree work undertaken is carried out in accordance with BS3998 (2010) and complies with the current best practices for Arboricultural works.

Stan Timmins and Sons Ltd are able to service the whole of the North East from their operational depot just off the A19 (South East Northumberland) along with their offices in the Morpeth and County Durham areas. This means we can undertake work across a large geographical area which includes Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Alnwick, Morpeth, Whitley Bay, Hexham, Haltwhistle, Durham, Stockton on Tees and Darlington

Management Team

Stan Timmins

DHE Hons, N.D.Arb, RFS, DMS, BA Hons, Cert Ed, CEnv, F.Arb Ass.

Position: Consultant Arborist / Head of Consultancy Services


  • National Diploma in Arboriculture (Royal Forestry Society).
  • Diploma in Horticulture with Honours from Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.
  • Chartered Environmentalist.
  • Fellow of the Arbor Association.
  • BA (Hons) Adult Education.
  • NPTC CS30, CS31, CS32, CS33, CS38, CS39, CS40, CS41.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Hand Held Hedgetrimmers.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Woodchippers.
  • NPTC PA1 and PA6A – Safe Use and Application of Weedkiller.
  • NRSWA Unit 10 (Signing, Lighting and Guarding) – Supervisors Certificate for Street Works.
  • WAMITAB Level 4 Diploma – Waste Management.
  • First Aid + F (Forestry).
  • ROLO Health and Safety Awareness Course – Land based operatives health and safety training.


  • Dog Walking
  • Reading
  • Allotment Gardening


Stan started his career as an apprentice in Felling Parks Department in Gateshead and built up a wealth of experience as well as gaining numerous qualifications throughout his career at Askham Bryan College in Yorkshire, the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and Northumbria University.

An expert in garden design, arboriculture, nursery work and all aspects of amenity horticulture, he worked for many years in Newcastle Parks Department where he won gold and silver awards at RHS Tatton Park, BBC Gardeners World, and RHS Chelsea. His RHS Chelsea design depicting the Lindisfarne Gospels is now permanently displayed on Holy Island.

As a qualified teacher, he instructs beginners and experts alike from teenage groups to garden clubs. He also runs his own business specialising in arboricultural consultancy, tree care and grounds maintenance.

He had had a long association with the BBC broadcasting gardening advice for over 30 years on BBC Radio Newcastle.

Along with his colleague Eddie Wardrobe, Stan and Eddie used to broadcast each Sunday on the Garden Mania programme and were hailed as the region’s favourite radio gardeners for over 30 years.

Liam Timmins

BA (Hons), MSc with Distinction

Position: Managing Director / Head of Operations


  • MSc with Distinction – Global Financial Management.
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (2:1).
  • Lantra Electrical Hazard Awareness for Utility tree work.
  • Lantra Prepare to work safely on a Utility tree work site.
  • Lantra Specialist electrical knowledge for utility tree work.
  • NPTC CS30, CS31, CS38, CS39, CS40, CS41.
  • NPTC Level 3 Award in Emergency Treework Operations
  • NPTC Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm
  • NPTC Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown trees using a Chainsaw
  • NPTC PA1 and PA6A – Safe Use and Application of Weedkiller.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Hand Held Hedgetrimmers.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Stump Grinding Operations.
  • NPTC Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Woodchippers.
  • NPTC AO1 Planting.
  • First Aid for Tree workers
  • NRSWA Unit 2 (Signing, Lighting and Guarding) – Operatives Ticket for Street Works.


  • Dog Walking
  • Reading
  • Studying Arboriculture


Liam has been involved with the horticultural and arboricultural industry for as long as he can remember as he used to go to work with Stan.

Liam decided to start Stan Timmins and Sons ltd in partnership with his father Stan upon the completion of his masters in 2012. He has grown the business to where it is today with the assistance of Stan. Stan runs and manages the consultancy side of the business whilst Liam focuses on the day to day contracting activities of the business.

More about Liam Timmins

A Meeting With Liam Timmins
Win for Expanding Tree Surgery