Posted Friday May 10, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone, this week’s Development Manager Diary has a very ‘FlowerFest’ focused theme, as the three-day festival kicked off today in Castlebank Park.

On Monday, we hosted our monthly dementia friendly gardening group, ‘Flourish’, at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. The theme for May’s session was ‘taste’. We planted some ‘Greek Gigantes’ runner beans and harvested produce including rainbow radishes and rhubarb. We also picked some mint to enjoy in orange and mint tea. The next group will be running on Monday 3rd June from 10.30am – to register attendance please email or call 01555 728 329.


This week we started promoting our “Grow Your Own” Workshop which is taking place on Saturday 15th June, from 3-4.30pm. See details in the poster below, and contact us on / 01555 728 329 to book a place.

Also this week, we launched the ‘Lanark Live’ webcam on The Lanark Website! Take a look at the live feed here.

The middle of the week meant FlowerFest prep! The park has been transformed into a tented village for the three day festival, taking place from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th May 2019.


At 11am on Friday the gates opened! The official opening was conducted by Lady Susan Haughey, Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Walter Swan – Chelsea Pensioner, and players from Motherwell Ladies’ Football Club. The festival is open for three days, 11am-5pm and features garden centre displays & sales, entertainment, food & drink and kids rides. There will also be a daily guided tour of the gardens led by Stuart Ritchie, the Educational Gardener at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. Up at the centre we have a range of plant sales, alpine bowls, mocktails, tombola and raffle. Come and visit! You can view more photos of Day 1 here.


Also check out…FlowerFest in St Nicholas Church and the BLOOMS exhibition in The Tolbooth. In the park’s entertainment marquee, there’s a rat pack night on Friday, and a band night on Saturday!


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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