Posted Monday September 24, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a good week! Autumn is definitely in the air with the leaves starting to fall at Castlebank Park. It’s still beautiful and I’m looking forward to see it transform into a winter wonderland as we move into the colder months. At the start of the week I had a lot of admin work to go through, but managed grab this peaceful shot after a meeting at the Horticultural Centre.

Turning autumnal at Castlebank Park

On Tuesday evening, I was invited to attend the annual Lanark Burgess Awards which are co-ordinated by the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council. The awards are an ancient ‘Lanarkian’ tradition which have recently been revived to great success. It was very humbling evening, hearing the stories of the outstanding contributions the recipients have made to the community through involvement with local groups, charitable work and fundraising initiatives & events. This year’s Burgess Ticket recipients are as follows: Robert Douglas, Jean Gardner, Gordon Gray, Marcella McLellan , Margo Murdoch, Robin Murdoch, Freda Parlett, Mary Ann Patrick and Billy Stonebanks. Congratulations everyone – very well deserved!

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As part of our ‘Volunteer Friendly’ award application, I have been looking at the value of volunteering to the Development Trust, and was really quite staggered at the figures. Thinking of the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre alone, it’s estimated that they freely give 4,000 hours of their time each year, which equates financially to a £50,000 contribution to the local economy! You can read the full blog post here for some more information on our volunteering opportunities. 

Lanark in Bloom volunteers busy at the train station

Speaking of volunteers, on Thursday morning we surprised Ernest with a GOLD party to celebrate Lanark in Bloom’s recent award at the Beautiful Scotland awards. Cake for breakfast is a routine we should all adopt on a more regular basis! As I’ve mentioned before, new volunteers are always welcome at Castlebank Horticultural Centre whether you can give an hour or a couple of days a month. Over the next few week’s we’ll be getting the gardens and planters ready for the winter! Contact me if you’d like any more information on getting involved.

You are gold…GOLD! Celebrating Lanark in Bloom’s recent award.

Towards the end of the week I was working on some graphic design updates to the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan, and I also popped into The Tolbooth for a look at the new exhibition ‘Giddy Up’ – there are some really stunning pieces of work!

‘Giddy Up’ is open at The Tolbooth until 29th September

This weekend, you can support Lanark in Bloom by heading down to their fundraising Plant Sale (+tombola and home baking!) in The Tolbooth on Saturday from 10am – 3pm. If you fancy taking to the stage, Lanark Amateur Musical Society’s rehearsals for CHICAGO start at 7pm in the New Lanark Institute on Monday evening (17th September) and new members will be made most welcome.

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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