Posted Friday October 12, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, it’s been another busy week for the Development Trust, especially down at Castlebank Park where it was ‘all go’ on Thursday! We also have some exciting awards news, but more about that later…

At the start of the week I was busy doing some more set-up in the new Castlebank Horticultural Centre Community Hub building, whilst there was no stopping the volunteers (even in the wind and rain) in their mammoth task of emptying all of this year’s hanging baskets. Lots of organic matter from the baskets was added to our compost bins, and we saved a number of stock plants and cuttings for next year. With all of the leaves the volunteers have also been collecting from Castlebank Park, our bins are full to bursting!


On Wednesday, I attended an Age Scotland training session at the Memorial Hall. The training focused on Dementia Awareness and Older Veterans’ Awareness. Both sessions were real eye-openers and will prove to be very useful as we start to work with Alzheimer Scotland to hopefully establish a regular ‘Memory Café/Gardening Group’ at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, and engaging with older people through a range of our other projects such as the Cameronian Memorial Sculpture at the Winston Barracks.

We also found out on Wednesday that we have been shortlisted as a Finalist in the ‘Scottish Rural Action – Rural Innovator Awards’,  within the ‘Environment and Land Use’ category for our ongoing development project at Castlebank Park, Lanark. This includes the work of our amazing volunteers in transforming areas of the park including the Wallace Rose Garden and Bog Garden, as well as the Development Trust’s work to instate the Castlebank Horticultural Centre and successfully obtain funding to renovate the derelict sawmill buildings into a new Community Hub building.

The winner will be decided by public vote, so we need as many people as possible to vote for us online at >>> 

As I mentioned, Thursday was a busy day at Castlebank Park! Our volunteers assembled in the morning for a photo session with ‘Tesco Bags for Help’ to showcase how we have used their funding to purchase new branded fleeces, gardening tools, equipment and plants. We then had a visit from our local MP Angela Crawley, who was visiting to congratulate ‘Lanark in Bloom’ on their recent GOLD award at the Beautiful Scotland Awards. Finally, we had a visit from Levenseat who have provided funding to kit-out the new Community Hub building!

There’s been lots more going on this week including a site visit to the Winston Barracks to review the intended location of the Cameronian Memorial sculpture.

We have also finalised the design of this year’s Lanark Winterfest Programme. Here’s a look at the front cover! There are over 40 festive events listed in the calendar so it’s a great chance to get out and about during the festive season, as well as supporting lots of local businesses and community groups. Keep an eye out for the programme coming through your door in early November!

I also had a catch up with the ladies from ‘Made in Lanark’, a new Creative Collective of makers who are hosting their first Online Shopping Showcase on Sunday 18th November as part of the Winterfest programme. The group has been created to showcase the myriad of local crafting talent we have here in Lanark, and to promote the opportunity for the community to ‘shop local’ with unique products made on our doorstep. You can like their page on Facebook and keep up to date with their news at:

So, what’s going on in Lanark this weekend? On Saturday, see Lanark United vs Forth Wanderers from 2pm up at Moor Park or step back in time with a ‘Victorian Tour of Lanark’ leaving from Lanark Library at 2.30pm. On Sunday the kids can ‘go wild’ up at Lanark Loch with a ‘WILD ABOUT LANARK’ session from 1pm – 3pm, more information on Eventbrite here.

You can check out more local events and list your own events for free at

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

We rely on your support and donations to be able to continue delivering community projects. You can click the ‘Donate’ button below to send a donation via PayPal or why not think about becoming a member of the Development Trust to support more regularly? 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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