Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards is managing director of Boningale Nurseries. 

Tim Edwards

Opinion... Why no-deal Brexit should worry you

Whether you voted leave or remain all those years ago, a "no-deal" Brexit should worry you.

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I find myself in a difficult situation. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be present to hear details of imminent changes to regulations concerning Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) and oak trees. I heard details, asked questions and probed the implications of these changes. That may not sound like a difficult position to be in, yet I am uneasy.

Opinion... How to increase UK plant supply

Why don't UK growers produce more of the plants that the UK market demands?

Opinion... Standardisation good for the trade

Horticulture could benefit from streamlining in the supply chain.

Opinion... Winning support for nursery stock

Regardless of whether or not you voted for Brexit (I voted to remain), most politicians seem to think that it is now going to happen. What will that mean for nursery stock production in the UK?

Opinion... Shining a light on trading with Europe

Accurate figures are notoriously difficult to get at, but without doubt the UK imports a great deal of its ornamental plant requirement.

Edwards: Will a weak pound and tariffs on imported stock be good for UK nursery production?

At the time of writing - a few days after the general election - sterling has weakened and we still have no idea of what Brexit means.

Opinion: Edwards On... Plant supply and health

Increasingly, and rightly, plant health/biosecurity is being recognised as something of which all of us involved in plant supply must be aware.

According To Edwards ... Why horticulture needs a different dialogue to farming

The Government will always look on "horticulture" as a sector within "agriculture" and, when the trade effectively gets its message across, the Government recognises "nursery stock" as a non-edible subset of horticulture.

According To Edwards ... Changes large and small anticipated for UK producers

No one knows the changes that Brexit will impose on the UK over time. Some will surely be massive and they are already being guessed at. But there will be little changes too and some of those will ripple out over time to surprisingly large effect. I don't pretend to know what will happen, but it's fun to speculate.

According To Edwards ... Political decisions key to UK trade after leaving the EU

I voted to remain in the EU and it took me a while to get my head around the fact that we are leaving. I have never doubted that the UK could do well outside the EU. My concern is that to do well the right political decisions need to be made.

According To Edwards ... Improving the lot of civilisation

The history of Intellectual Property in England is quite fascinating.

Edwards On ... Quantum change in importance of plant health

Plant health is a subject discussed more and more by nurserymen. The fact that it is now being discussed by landscape contractors too indicates a quantum change in importance.

Edwards On ... Concessions needed for some on wage change

The National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force next month, increasing the hourly rate for over-25s from £6.70 to £7.20. That rise of almost 7.5 per cent will be the first of several that will ultimately lift the minimum wage above £9 an hour.

According to Seabrook....Quality sells more than strong-arm tactics

Driving into EuroPlants for their Silver Jubilee Spring Open Day last month it struck me that quality sells. They have perfectly cone-shaped yews some 6m high and all manner of shaped trees, shrubs and climbers. Everywhere you cast an eye the nursery stock was superb.