Posted Friday September 07, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it’s been another busy working week and this one has ended with some excellent news! Last night, at the Beautiful Scotland Awards, Lanark in Bloom received GOLD for the first time! An amazing recognition for all of the hard work carried by Ernest and the team of dedicated volunteers. Lanark in Bloom are holding a fundraising plant sale in The Tolbooth next Saturday (15th September) so we’ll hopefully see lots of you their to support their fantastic work. New volunteers are also welcome every Tuesday and Thursday at Castlebank Horticultural Centre!

Going back to the start of the week, myself and Sylvia attended the annual Development Trusts Association Scotland Conference up in Aberdeenshire. We had an excellent two days networking with colleagues and learning about innovative projects being run by Development Trusts across the country. We also had the chance to see some projects in action with a visit to Stonehaven Town Partnership who are doing some excellent work including taking over an old Court House and developing their boardwalk area!

On Tuesday, I attended the Clydesdale Third Sector Forum at New Lanark Mill Hotel. This quarterly meeting is facilitated by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire provides an opportunity to network with a range of third sector organisations in the local area. It was great to chat and make new connections!

On Wednesday evening I went along to the Upstart Scotland roadshow at Lanark Grammar School with 400 other attendees! Upstart Scotland is a campaigning group aiming to promote play-based learning for under 7s. This is a field we’re very interested to learn more about to help us implement a range of play, outdoor learning and educational activities at Castlebank Park and the Horticultural Centre. We’re very keen to make contact with anyone interesting in running, facilitating or attending activities like this (such as outdoor nurseries or forrest schools etc) and would urge you to get in touch to come and have a tour of the park and the new (almost complete!) Community Building.

Thursday was spent mostly at my desk working on some initiatives like the new website and setting up the Development Trust on ‘Give as You Live’. This online platform allows you to support our work easily and at no cost to yourself by donating a small % of your online purchases to your chosen charity. We rely on your support to continue delivering projects in and for the local community. Click here to sign up & support us. 

Going back to Castlebank Park at the end of the week, we’re very excited to say that you can now vote for Lanark’s hidden gem as your favourite park in the UK! This competition is open to all the Green Flag Parks in the UK, and we’re 1 of 71 parks in Scotland. We rely on your votes so please click here to easily support us!

This weekend in Lanark you can enjoy a night of traditional Scottish music with Lanark & District Pipe Band’s  ‘Breaking Through’ at Lanark Memorial Hall. On Saturday, Healthy Valleys are hosting a range of free family activities at Lanark Loch in celebration of International Literacy Day.  You’ve also got until 29th September to see the new free exhibition in The Tolbooth, ‘Giddy Up’ – featuring the work of three artists who have teamed up to share their love of the horse with each artist depicting the strength and beauty of the equine form in their own unique style.

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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