Posted Friday May 31, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

On Saturday 18th May, large numbers gathered to watch the unveiling of the Cameronian Memorial Sculpture, at the entrance to Lanark’s former Winston Barracks. This was a very special occasion to mark an important part of Lanark’s heritage, and to pay tribute to the soldiers of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who were once based here in Lanark. The Tolbooth has been hosting a fascinating exhibition ‘The Burgh and the Barracks’ which closes on 1st June, and there is also a PDF booklet you can download to find out more about the regiment and their time in Lanark – full of interesting facts and heartwarming anecdotes. Read more here:


At Castlebank Horticultural Centre we have been busy working with lots of educational groups and nurseries, who have enjoyed days out to the park and horticultural activities with us. The regular volunteers have also been busy working on the land directly around the centre, and getting the Lanark in Bloom baskets and planters ready to go out in town in a couple of weeks’ time. Our next weekend volunteering sessions are Saturday 15th June and Saturday 20th July – all welcome! (10.30am – est 2pm). We also have a “Grow Your Own Produce” workshop on 15th June from 3-4.30pm, the workshop costs £5pp and booking is open now. If you are interested in visiting with a group, or booking one of our rooms please email

A couple of smaller project updates at the park include our Grow Wild project, where we’re at the stage of designing our new Wildflower and Tree Guide for the park, with the beautiful illustrations produced in the botanical art workshop with Lanark Grammar School pupils. We have also received a SCOTMID grant to work with CCI to produce bat boxes for the park, and also to purchase a bat detector kit to allow us to run evening bat walks. Stay tuned for more details as these projects progress!


Over on The Lanark Website, the new webcam page is continuing to perform well – over 7,000 views since launching at the start of the month! We are also going to be working in partnership with Discover Lanark to host a regular ‘Business Showcase’, giving our local businesses the chance to shine and promote their goods or services. Click here to view the latest Business Showcase from No 32 Boutique.

As everyone will know, next week is Lanimer Week! We have created an article on The Lanark Website which sums up the key dates and times for your Lanimer Week diary. It’s a fantastic time for the town and we hope everyone has a great time. Fingers crossed for some sunshine! Click here to read the article.

Finally, we’re sharing a call-out on behalf of our partners at New Lanark World Heritage Site. They are seeking applications from local crafters and makers to exhibit at their new series of ‘Maker Markets’ this summer. Click here for more information.


Ahead of Lanimers, there are a few events this weekend! A Night at the Musicals tonight in Lanark Memorial Hall, the final day of the Cameronian exhibition in the Tolbooth and a heritage talk at Lanark Library on Lanark and its Italian connections. You can view the full list of events and advertise your own at 

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Thanks, Melissa

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