Posted Friday February 22, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, the week got off to a great start as we welcomed Stuart Ritchie, our new Educational Gardener at Castlebank Horticultural Centre! Stuart will be working with our volunteers and the local community to design and deliver a range of horticultural, educational and volunteering opportunities, events and activities to local people of all ages and backgrounds. Stuart’s post is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly known as The Big Lottery) and we are very grateful for their support with this community gardening project.

Also on Monday, the Development Trust shared news that we have been successful in raising funds to create a Cameronian Memorial Sculpture at the Winston Barracks in Lanark. This follows on from the first phase of the memorial project which involved the naming of the roundabout at the Barracks to ‘The Cameronian Roundabout’ in November 2018. Click here to read the full story. 

On Tuesday,  our volunteers and new Educational Gardener Stuart had a busy morning at the Horticultural Centre, working on the ground around our row of fruit trees, marking a boundary, clearing around the tree base and adding nutrient rich compost to benefit the trees. New volunteers are always welcome, email for details.


We would be incredibly grateful for any donations at Castlebank Horticultural Centre their we can either use to plant or learn! If you’re clearing out your hut or garden, we would gratefully accept plants, seeds, bulbs, gardening books, magazines or equipment. We can collect in the Lanark area or you can drop off at the centre.

On Thursday I attended The Gathering 2019, the annual conference for Scotland’s third sector, organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). It was a very interesting day, hearing case studies and stories from lots of other charities about their organisation’s projects, branding, fundraising and campaigns.

At the end of the week we shared details of a new activity at Castlebank Horticultural Centre – Gentle Hatha Yoga with YogAnnie. The class will run on Wednesday evenings from the 6th of March. See the poster below for more information, or to book please contact, Tel: 07769578527 or email

This weekend, it’s your last chance to see the photography exhibition COMPOSITE in the Tolbooth.  You can view more local events, and advertise yours free of charge at

Do you have any ideas to improve the town or projects you would like the Development Trust to consider? Please feel free to email us with your ideas or suggestions on

We rely on your support and donations to be able to continue delivering community projects here in Lanark. 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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