Woodland Hero 2016 – Dan Ridley-Ellis

Dan Ridley-Ellis, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University is the 2016 Woodland Hero.

Dan is Head of the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University and he becomes our second Woodland Hero following on from 2015 hero, Ted Jefferis, a furniture maker from Sussex.

Dan’s research focuses on understanding the growth and utilisation of domestically grown timber including how this may be affected by our changing environment. He carries out this vital work with his team at the Centre for Wood Science and Technology at Edinburgh Napier University.

During the award ceremony hosted by BRE, Dougal Driver CEO of  Grown in Britain said:

“Dan and his team have carried out vital research on the properties of timber grown in the British Isles and in particular 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 GiB ‘team’ and leading the charge for homegrown timber”

“The Woodland Hero award is aimed at the people who make things happen whether in the public gaze or more hidden in the vital work behind the scenes. Dan’s work on standards, grading and British Standards is largely unseen, and we want to change that as he is a true Grown in Britain Woodland Hero”

Dan was delighted to receive such an award saying ” I am part of a great team with fantastic support from numerous partners, growers and sawmills in the UK. It is great to get this recognition from Grown in Britain who are creating more and more demand for homegrown timber which makes our work ever more important and rewarding”

Dan’s award was made from GiB licensed Oak, Cherry and Ash by Alice Blogg who designs and makes the Grown in Britain awards and plaques. https://www.growninbritain.org/get-involved/grown-in-britain-plaques/