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“Real change for the better” Mairi McAllan MSP, Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform recently visited the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Ms McAllan was briefed by Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE on the current science and conservation work and received an update on the progress of the Edinburgh Biomes project, the most ambitious undertaking of RBGE in its 352 years. In committing to this radical overhaul of the Garden’s heritage Glasshouses - including the Grade A listed Palm House -and replacement of its deteriorating research houses and associated facilities, RBGE is creating a new template for the future of plant research, education and engagement. Simon Milne commented: “More than ever before there is a sense of urgency in the work of RBGE and its par tners. Our world is facing an unprecedented environmental crisis to which an immediate response is required.This initiative will not only protect the future of the 24,000 plants already housed within our Glasshouses, it can influence lives across continents and generations. From welcoming school classes, visiting researchers and members of the public to inspiring engagement with nature, in the very widest sense we have an opportunity to promote real change for the better.” www.rbge.org.uk Looking to the future in the Palm House: Dominic Fry, Chairman of the RBGE Board of Trustees); Simon Milne
MBE, Regius Keeper; Steven Poliri, Director of RBGE Estates Management and Mairi McAllan MSP, Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform
Just big show-offs! Napier Bathrooms & Interiors in Canonmills has won UK Bathroom Showroom of the Year 2022 at the kbb Design and Retail Awards - the industry’s biggest, most prestigious and longest running awards event - which took place in early March in Birmingham. The company was established in 2004 and has also received a Community Champion Award for its involvement in the Canonmills Community and the City of Edinburgh. Congratulations to founder Johnny Bacigalupo and all his staff. www.napierinteriors.com
Vernon Kay (Awards Host), Johnny Bacigalupo and Rob Hussey from Napier Bathrooms, and Andrew Davies (kbbreview Managing Editor)
Future bright for Lyceum The Royal Lyceum has announced 4 new Board Directors: Flavia D’Avila; Miranda Higham; Graeme McWilliams and Ian Ritchie - all bringing their own special skills to help support the Lyceum’s Executive Director Mike Griffiths and Artistic Director David Greig to engage new audiences and other stakeholders on multiple platforms. www.lyceum.org.uk
(Photo: Eamonn McGoldrick)
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