Posted Friday September 28, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, here we are again at the end of another month, with a touch of frost on the ground this morning as well!

In a change from usual proceedings, I haven’t had many meetings or events to attend this week so I have been able to ‘get my head down’ and power ahead with a lot of admin, awards applications, funding and development work.

One project I have been working away on over the past couple of months is the redevelopment of the Development Trust’s website. As well as making the new website fully responsive on mobiles and tablets, I wanted to include a lot more information about the Trust’s current and past projects, and highlight all of the different ways the local community can get involved. There will also be new sections for our ‘Latest News’ and the ‘Development Manager Diary’ section to house all of the weekly updates. Here is a sneak peek below! As you can see we’re in-keeping with the Lanark crest’s red, gold and charcoal colouring, as well as highlighting fantastic imagery of our beautiful town. Hopefully the new site will be launching in the next couple of weeks so I’d love to know what you think.

Down at Castlebank Park, works are *almost* complete on the new Horticultural Centre building. It’s looking amazing and I’m so excited to see it finally completed…and move into my new office! The next stage will be to get the centre buzzing with activity! I’ve been working on lots of admin this week including setting up our online booking system, finalising our hire charges and writing our Hire Agreement T&Cs. If you’d like to be sent information on hiring rooms within the centre (when available) please let me know on

Another little update, we have some new signs to go out at Castlebank Park and the Horticultural Centre to highlight our Wildlife and Biodiversity areas. It certainly was interesting researching ‘facts about hedgehogs’. Did you know…a hedgehog has around 5,000 – 7,000 quills on its back to warn off predators and a baby hedgehog is known as a hoglet!

During the week I was also working on funding applications for the Cameronian Memorial project to instate a sculpture dedicated to the regiment out at the Winston Barracks, helping Lanark in Bloom with some award entries and assisting with the development of a marketing plan to promote the Discover Lanark BID Business Plan once it’s published in the next few weeks.

We have had some great entries so far for the Castlebank Park photography competition! You’ve just got a couple of weeks left to submit your photos of the park to can read the full details of the competition here.

This weekend, our neighbour Carluke Development Trust’s annual ‘Jam and Ham Festival’ is taking place with music, crafts and art all day Saturday – you can find out more here on the Facebook event page. 

This weekend is also South Lanarkshire’s turn to participate in the national Doors Open Days celebrations. Whilst we’re not able to open the Castlebank Horticultural Centre this weekend as previously advertised, the most local location to us is New Lanark, who are taking part in the event with free textile-themed tours (there is also a Wedding Open Day on Sunday 30th September).

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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