New boss goes walk-about at Dawyck

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The new regius keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Simon Milne, has visited Peeblesshire’s Dawyck Botanic Garden for the first time.

Dawyck curator Graham Stewart welcomed Mr Milne and RBGE’s horticulture and learning director David Rae to the gardens near Stobo, where Mr Milne walked around the 62-acre site and had a tour behind the scenes.

Mr Milne said: “The wonderful thing about Dawyck is that it is a garden of both the past and the future.

“It reflects this country’s rich heritage in plants and horticulture, and inspires even more people to enjoy and take care of the plant diversity on which our lives depend.”

The former chief executive of Scottish Wildlife Trust, Mr Milne, 54, took up his post in February and becomes only the 16th person to hold the title of regius keeper since the RBGE was created in 1699.

An RBGE spokesperson said: “As part of the wider organisation, Dawyck is not only a major visitor attraction in the area, it also plays a pivotal role in the international scientific and horticultural research and conservation work of RGBE.

“In particular, it is home to wild-origin plants from cold temperate regions, such as Nepal.

“This visit provided an early opportunity for the curator to brief the regius keeper on the garden, its plant collections and forthcoming developments.”