A tree surgeon hasn’t let a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome prevent him taking over his family business, and he’s now expanding the company.
Liam Timmins didn’t find out he had the condition until after he had completed one undergraduate degree and a Master’s.
He is now running Stan Timmins and Sons, the well-known North East arboricultural company started by his dad Stan, who was one half of BBC Newcastle’s gardening team Stan and Eddie.
Asperger’s is a high-functioning development disorder on the autism spectrum and people with the condition have incredible attention to detail. That’s something that has helped Liam initially when studying for his degree in accounting and finance, and global financial management, and then in working as a tree surgeon, where precision is all-important.
Liam had always enjoyed working with his dad and has an excellent head for heights, so it made sense to join the family’s Blyth-based business.
Liam said: “When I was a kid I used to go to work with my dad while other kids were doing paper rounds and he was cutting down trees.
“I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until I was 25 but immediately, a lot of things clicked into place and explained why I have this overwhelming attention to detail and am at pains to do the perfect job every time.”
Dad Stan worked for Newcastle City Council’s horticultural department for decades before setting up in business. Stan was a gardening guru familiar to Radio Newcastle listeners for more than 30 years. He now has a place with the firm as an arboricultural consultant and an extra pair of hands when needed.
He said: “I’m so proud of Liam and the way he’s taking the business forward. Now he is working on more commercial contracts, we are expanding quickly.”