In a ceremony at the Barbican Centre in London, Sally, who has worked with Horticulture Week for more than 30 years, was presented with the Chartered Institute of Horticulture’s President’s Award – the highest professional accolade in horticulture – for her outstanding contribution to the industry.
Sally is hugely respected throughout the industry and acknowledged as the UK’s leading expert on horticultural machinery, was presented with her award by CIOH president Andrew Gill.
"There can be few who have not at some point benefited from the vast knowledge pool amassed by this expert in machinery," Gill told the audience at the CIOH annual conference.
Sally’s career with Horticulture Week followed her completion of an honours degree in horticulture from Reading University where she received the Geest Student of the Year Award for writing 10,000 words on the impact of the Common Market on horticulture in Britain.
This led directly to a job in journalism via judge Jim Deen who was also Editor of the Gardeners’ Chronicle & Horticultural Trades Journal - a forerunner of Horticulture Week.
Commenting on Sally’s award, Horticulture Week Editor Kate Lowe said: "Sally remains an inspiration to all of us on the Horticulture Week team. Her knowledge, her passion for her subject and her professionalism are unsurpassed – and her contribution to the Horticulture Week audience is immense. Congratulations Sally!"
Sally can be seen in action filming a kit test of a Polaris Ranger 4x4 570 utility vehicle.