Simon Toomer has been appointed as the new director of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
He will be responsible for the management and future development of one of the finest tree collections in the world.
Toomer has worked at the Forestry Commission arboretum for the past 10 years, most recently as its curator.
He originally trained in environmental biology and forestry, and previously worked as a practical forester, woodlands adviser and arboriculturist. His particular interests lie in conservation and management of native woodland and the use of ornamental trees in garden landscapes.
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