Posted Friday April 19, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

In partnership with Lanark in Bloom, we’ve been lucky to receive a The Royal Horticultural Society ‘Greening Grey Britain’ grant to transform this derelict area beside the newly decorated Wallace Close off the Bannatyne Street car park. Do you have any ideas or suggestions on how we could ‘green up’ this area to improve its appearance?

At the start of the week, we gathered the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre to celebrate our new award, all the way from Brussels! Castlebank Horticultural Centre was awarded ‘runner up’ in the LEADER category of the inaugural Rural Inspiration Awards, co-ordinated by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust travelled to Brussels for the conference and awards ceremony. Click here to read the full story.

On Wednesday, we launched our Grow Wild project with a ‘Wildflower ID walk’ around the park and right down the Dell Path to the River Clyde. Our volunteers spotted 28 types of wildflowers, a few of which were new to us, including Yellow Archangel, Great Wood Rush and Cuckoo Flower. We’ll be using these findings to create a new leaflet promoting the wildflowers and specimen trees within the park to allow visitors to enjoy their own spotting adventures. Also stay tuned for details of Wildflower Workshops with free seeds to take home!

Thursday 18th April marked ‘one month to go’ until the unveiling of the Cameronian Memorial Sculpture @ 12 noon at the Winston Barracks, and the fascinating ‘The Burgh and the Barracks’ exhibition opening in the Tolbooth Lanark. An excellent opportunity to find out more about Lanark’s heritage. Click here for the exhibition’s Facebook event.

On Friday, the final Easter preparations were underway! Enjoy the sun and join us at Castlebank Horticultural Centre for our Easter Open Day from 12-3pm on 22 April! Lots of family activities, home baking, tombola, plant sales, raffle & more 🐰🙂 Click here for the Facebook event.

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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

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Thanks, Melissa

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