Posted Friday March 08, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

It’s been a busy week of meetings for myself and the Development Trust. On Monday, the Cameronian Memorial project team met to confirm plans for the creation of the memorial sculpture adjacent to the newly named ‘Cameronian Roundabout’ at the Winston Barracks. The plan is for the sculpture to be unveiled mid-May, with a complimentary exhibition being held in The Tolbooth around this time. Stay tuned for more details!


This week, the Classroom at the Horticultural Centre hosted its first yoga class. Here is the space cleared out and ready for the participants. You can hire this space for £10 an hour for community lets, or £15 per hour for commercial lets. Get in touch with with any booking enquiries.

On Wednesday, I met up with Laura, our Lanark Festivals Coordinator to discuss the ongoing plans for this year’s Flowerfest. It’s going to be here before we know it! We are looking for Event Volunteers to help out with the smooth running of this year’s 3-day festival from 10th – 12th May 2019. Volunteer shifts are available in 2-hour blocks, and duties will mainly include manning the ticket gates – greeting attendees and issuing wristbands. To register your interest as a volunteer please email 

On Thursday, myself and a group of the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre undertook CPR & AED Awareness Training, thanks to our training kit provided by the British Heart Foundation. If your community group would be interested in coming to the centre and using the kit, please let us know by contacting

As March rolls on, it’s been another busy week at Castlebank Horticultural Centre in the growing compound. The volunteers have built a new raised bed in one of the polytunnels, and Lanark in Bloom’s annual delivery of plug plants arrived – ready to be transplanted out into their own pots.


At our monthly Volunteer Meeting we had tallied 668 volunteering hours in February! Up from 401 hours in January. It’s likely we’ll see these numbers increase month on month as we move into spring and summer when the volunteers are even busier and there’s lots to do in the gardens and tunnels. More hands are always welcome, please email for more information.

We also enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the centre, congratulating Ernest Romer on gaining his Certificate of Merit from The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society for services to gardening and horticulture.


Tomorrow (Saturday 9th March), Clehgorn Farm opens its beautiful gardens as part of Scotland’s Garden’s Scheme. In the evening, Music in Lanark present their next concert ‘Roth Guitar Duo’ in the New Lanark Institute. The Whuppity Scoorie exhibition in the Tolbooth also closes this weekend. You can discover more local events, and list your own free of charge at It’s now even easier to add multiple dates at once for an ongoing event, just use the calendar date selector!

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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