The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Milne MBE as its new Regius Keeper. Simon will succeed Professor Stephen Blackmore following his retiral later this month and will become only the 16th person to hold the post since it was created in 1699. Sir Muir Russell, Chair of RBGE Board of Trustees paid tribute to the new appointee: “I am delighted to have someone of Simon’s calibre joining us to continue the excellent work done by Steve Blackmore. Simon is familiar with many of the issues facing us, particularly our hot topics of conservation and biodiversity.” For the last ten years Simon has been CEO at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, based in Edinburgh, and for four years before that he was Director of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire .Simon Milne said he was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to take up such a prestigious and important role, adding: “The role of Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers me an opportunity to return to the remarkable world of plants. I am looking forward with relish to new challenges and the opportunity to play a crucial role in developing appreciation, education, knowledge and conservation of the plant kingdom.” The new Regius Keeper will take up his post in February.