Like the trees we carefully cut and craft into beautiful hardwood products, we all have a story.
From their roles at the sawmill to their favourite trees, here’s everything you need to know about the UK Hardwoods team.
Tom has long been rooted in the world of timber and, after taking over the family business, was keen to grow his knowledge of UK grown hardwoods and share it far and wide. He is very intrigued by the world of design and architecture, and this, coupled with his knowledge of wood, led him to design the largest UK-grown glulam structure here in our yard. It’s likely Tom’s friendly voice that’ll greet you on the other end of the phone, and he’s always happy to chat all things timber.
Tom’s favourite tree is Chestnut ‘for two reasons – it’s easy to saw, and it produces delicious Christmas nuts!’
Polly runs UK Hardwoods, together with her husband, Tom. Moving away from a successful surveying career in London, Polly found her keen eye for details lends well to working with natural raw materials, preparing flooring orders, and spotting new and exciting opportunities for the sawmill. In 2019, she helped relaunch the website and took over online communications with customers.
Polly’s favourite tree is the sycamore ‘for its leaf shape and romantic winged fruit, samaras.’
Ed joined our team in 2021 as our Head Sawyer. He inspects each tree on arrival, designates it a place within our business and spends his days in the workshop, sawing beams, joinery grade and flooring packs. Ed also works closely with Tom and Polly to create bespoke timber pieces for customers. He’s currently doing a barn conversion with his wife, Katie, and enjoys spending his free time building and looking after their chickens.
His favourite tree is ‘the one that smells best when sawn – Douglas fir.’
Cherry is Tom’s sister and has been working with us since 2021. She’s the perfect partner to stack a pack of timber with and has an incredible work ethic, even on the rainiest of days. Cherry has a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, but her true life passion is climbing. We’re careful to keep her two feet on the ground at the yard, but when she’s finished for the weekend, you’ll find her climbing in Dartmoor or along the rugged Devon coastline.
Needless to say, her favourite tree is a Cherry Tree, ‘stubborn, but beautiful.’
Tom is new to UK Hardwoods but slotted seamlessly into our team from day one. He works alongside Ed and Cherry in the workshop, ensuring the trees are cut to the correct lengths before sawing. This is an important task, where he decides the future length of all our flooring stacks. Tom is a keen motor-cross rider and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Tom might be new to our team, but he already has a favourite tree, ‘the Oak, for its grand appearance and traditional stamp on our English Countryside.’
Sugar is our Red Fox Labrador X Cocker. She greets each customer visiting the yard and you’ll often spot her enjoying the underfloor heating in our office or snuffling in a sawdust heap. Sugar lives with Tom and Polly in their nearby barn conversion and often stars on our Instagram! Lucky to live within walking distance of the yard, she starts and finishes each day with a stroll across the River Mole and through the beautiful woodlands.
Sugar’s favourite tree is an Oak – the large knots have a lovely tannin flavour to chew on!