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1 Jul 2020

New Chief Executive starts today

Trust Chief Executive Philip Long OBE stands in Kellie Castle Garden beside a sundial, with the castle in the background. He holds an omega-shaped sign saying Love in his hands.
Trust Chief Executive Philip Long OBE, pictured at Kellie Castle Garden
Philip Long OBE is proud to be part of the team protecting Scotland’s natural and national treasures.

Philip Long OBE visited the garden at Kellie Castle, Fife, as he starts his new job as Trust Chief Executive.

The garden is preparing to reopen to visitors on 6 July, after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

St Andrews-based Philip popped in to Pittenweem to see how the dedicated team have been continuing to care for the stunning garden during lockdown.

“The Trust protects so much that is important to Scotland and I am both proud and, on my first day, perhaps a little overawed at all my new responsibility!”

Philip continues: ‘From wonderful gardens, to impressive castles, the UK’s largest nature reserve and a World Heritage Site, hundreds of thousands of artefacts, animal and plant species and more, it is a collection that is critical to our culture, our wellbeing and who we are.

‘I join the Trust at a time of challenge, perhaps the greatest in its 90-year history, yet I am confident that we will find a way to continue all we do for the love of Scotland, now and in the future. I am looking forward immensely to being part of the team caring for it all.’

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