Award for researcher's work on resilient, productive British forestry

Professor Dan Ridley-Ellis and his team at Edinburgh Napier University has been named Woodland Hero 2016 for innovative research into the properties of home-grown timber.

Ridley-Ellis (left) and Driver - image: Grown in Britain
Ridley-Ellis (left) and Driver - image: Grown in Britain

The award, now in its second year, is presented by industry body Grown in Britain.

Research at Ridley-Ellis' Centre for Wood Science and Technology into the growth and use of domestically grown timber, and how this may be affected by a changing environment and by forest management, is providing information to support new planting and to improve species diversity and resilience against pests, diseases and climate change.

He said: "Like Grown in Britain, we have a tremendously positive vision for sustainable forestry in the UK and are excited about the opportunities for more home-grown wood in construction and other products. While wood and trees are fascinating scientifically, our real motivation comes from knowing that we are doing something good to support growth of the forest and the economy."

Grown in Britain chief executive Dougal Driver said: "Dan and his team have carried out vital research on the properties the factors that affect the quality of sawn timber for construction. He is a world expert on timber grading, resource assessment and segregation of timber into the most appropriate markets and we are fortunate to have him on the Grown in Britain team and leading the charge for home-grown timber."


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