Posted Friday September 07, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, as we round off another week I can’t help but wonder, where has August gone?! I’ve been spending a lot of time at Castlebank Park this week, it’s fantastic to see the renovation works of the Horticultural Centre nearing completion and we’ll hopefully be opening the doors to the community very soon.

On Monday I contained working on the Development Trust’s application to become recognised as ‘Volunteer Friendly’ through VASLAN (Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire). This is an industry-standard accreditation which shows we adhere to best practice when involving volunteers, and will hopefully help us attract more volunteers to support our various projects.

We had a great day hosting the Greenspace Scotland Park Managers Forum at Castlebank Horticultural Centre on Tuesday. The day’s activities included a tour of the park where we learned about all of the regeneration work and development. Discussions took place around challenges facing all park managers and the day ended with an inspiring final session hearing about all of the attendees’ ideas to develop Castlebank Park even further, with everything from a dry ski slope on the hill and a cafe near the play area to cider making and zorbing!

I was working on the graphic design of the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan most of Wednesday, incorporating a range of photographs showcasing our diverse range of local businesses. You can click here to view the full album!

On Thursday morning, I headed back to Castlebank Park for a meeting with Alzheimer Scotland and potential funding partners. We were discussing activities we can run at the Horticultural Centre for people living with dementia in the local community. In the afternoon, we had a meeting with potential funders and a walk around the park. The Wallace Rose Garden was looking particularly beautiful in the late summer sun!


Friday arrived in a flash! In the morning I had a meeting with VisitScotland to discuss the wide range of projects the Development Trust is currently working on, and how we can link with VisitScotland to promote these activities to locals and tourists.


This weekend myself and Sylvia are heading to Aberdeen for the Development Trusts Association Scotland Conference! It should be a really interesting couple of days, and I’m looking forward to meeting people in similar roles to me and hearing about projects other Development Trusts across the country are working on.

Back in Lanark, you can kick-start your weekend with the new Saturday morning Parkrun at the Racecourse, then continue your sporting day with the Lanark United vs Carluke Rovers game at 2pm. In The Tolbooth on Saturday, the Lanark U3A group are holding an Information Day to attract new members from the local community. On Sunday, Polaris Duo perform at the New Lanark Institute to round off Music in Lanark’s free summer series.


I’d love to hear if you have any ideas to improve the town, projects you would like the Development Trust to consider or if you would like to get involved with existing projects in any way. You can also get in touch if you have local events or community initiatives you’d like the Development Trust to consider sharing on our social media pages. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions or ideas at

You can now click the link below to send the Development Trust a donation via Paypal to support the work of our projects and activities in Lanark. We are a charitable, non-profit body which carries out projects for the common good. Our aspiration is to develop and deliver priority community projects which have a social, environmental and economic impact. Any support would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Melissa

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