Posted Friday November 30, 2018 by Melissa Reilly

Today (Wednesday 21st November 2018), celebrations took place at Castlebank Park to mark the opening of the new Community Hub building within the Horticultural Centre.

Opening event at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

Beechgrove Garden’s George Anderson cuts the ribbon joined by Ernest Romer (Chair of Lanark in Bloom), SLLC Provost Ian McAllan and Sylvia Russell (Chair of Lanark Community Development Trust)

The new centre was opened by Beechgrove Garden’s George Anderson. Also present at the event were South Lanarkshire Council Provost Ian McAllan, local councillors, project funders, volunteers and representatives from a number of local community groups who have been involved with the Castlebank project over recent years.

Renovation works on the derelict sawmill building began in the spring this year, after funding was finally secured in winter 2017 from LEADER and the Renewable Energy Fund. Additional funding was also received from the Levenseat Trust to kit out the centre’s interior with furniture, office supplies and kitchen utensils.  The renovated building now includes a classroom, meeting space, kitchen and office. As well as hosting a range of horticultural training activities and events throughout the year, the rooms within the centre will also be available for community hire.

The Castlebank Regeneration project has been managed by Lanark Community Development Trust with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers who have contributed an estimated 4,000 hours per year in transforming the park’s gardens.

In conjunction with the new centre opening, the Development Trust have also been successful in obtaining a National Lottery Award from Big Lottery Fund Scotland to employ an Educational Gardener at the centre. Applications for the post are now open with a closing date of 14th December 2018. To find out more and apply, please visit this page.

Castlebank Park: LEADER case study (subtitled) from ScottishRuralNetwork on Vimeo.

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