Woodland Hero 2017: Sally Spencer, Consulting Editor, Timber Trade Journal

Sally Spencer, a life-long professional journalist, has spent over 20 years on the Timber Trade Journal team, including time served as Managing Editor and now Contributing Editor.

Sally becomes our third Grown in Britain Woodland Hero, following in the footsteps of Dr Dan Ridley Ellis, Head of the Wood Science & Technology Centre at Edinburgh Napier University in 2016, and Ted Jefferis, bespoke furniture-maker in 2015.

Throughout her time on Timber Trades Journal (TTJ), the business magazine for the timber trading and timber-using sectors, Sally has taken an interest in British-grown timber. Frequently writing lead articles and interviews for TTJ’s annual British timber features, Sally has become well-known across Grown in Britain’s constituency of British timber growers, producers and wholesalers.

Presenting Sally Spencer with her award at a ceremony, kindly hosted at Timber Trade Journal’s London offices on 14th December 2017, Grown in Britain CEO Dougal Driver said: “Sally very much deserves our 2017 Woodland Hero award. Her consistent coverage of British timber in a market dominated by imports has kept the faith on home-grown wood. Her reporting of developments in processing have also helped to underline the quality of today’s British timber.”

Steve Cook, chairman of Grown in Britain, added: “The Grown in Britain Woodland Hero award is given to people whose contribution, whether in public or behind the scenes, have benefitted timber and wood products that are Grown in Britain. Sally’s professional journalistic scrutiny of home-grown timber, and her enthusiasm for its coverage, have been of great benefit to British-grown wood.”

Accepting the award, TTJ’s Sally Spencer said: “I’ve developed good relationships and interviewed many key players in the British timber sector over time. As investment in the industry, and its share of the market, have grown, it has more than justified its place in TTJ. I enjoy following its progress and engaging with its people, and I’m honoured to receive this award from Grown in Britain.”

See here our previous Woodland Heroes for 2016 and 2015