Posted Friday June 14, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Everything has just about returned to normal after Lanimer Week. The streets were lined for another successful Lanimer Day Procession on Thursday 6th June, and almost 5,000 people watched the live webcam feed!  Click here to read more about the competition results.

Lanark in Bloom and the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Known as the ‘MBE for volunteer groups‘, this is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities. Click here to read more.

We held our monthly volunteer meeting at Castlebank Horticultural Centre this week. We celebrated our May volunteer hours tally of 584 hours, and 11 volunteers received milestone certificates for hours contributed so far this year. If you have a couple of hours to spare, you can come along and join in any volunteering session. These take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 3pm, and on one weekend date per month. June’s weekend date is tomorrow! (15th June) Feel free to come down from 10.30am – 2pm and weather permitting we will also enjoy a BBQ lunch. Also tomorrow afternoon, we have a few spaces left on our “Grow Your Own” workshop where Stuart our Educational Gardener will be letting you know the secrets to growing your own fruit and vegetables at home. This workshop will run from 3pm – est 4.30pm and will contain a mix of presentation and practical demo. The cost of the workshop is £5pp which can be paid on the day, with funds being returned to the Horticultural Centre & the park’s regeneration.

This week we shared details of our ‘Free Family Gardening Club’ which will run on set Friday mornings in the summer holidays. Join Stuart the Gardener who will lead the group in a range of fun gardening activities to help keep Castlebank Park looking its best – and take home tips for your own garden! All ages are welcome and children must be accompanied at all times. To register for free places, please email or call 01555 728 329. Click here to read more.

There are now only three places left on our Nature Photography Workshop, taking place in Castlebank Park on Sunday 14th July from 3pm-7pm (to capture the best early evening light). To book a place, please email or call 01555 728 329.

After Lanimers, new touches of colour are being added to the town with the arrival of the Discover Lanark hanging baskets and the colourful High Street banners. The banners were joint funded by Discover Lanark and the Lanark Rotary Club. Lanark in Bloom have also been busy putting up their hanging baskets and planters around the town! The group has a new Facebook page so you can keep up to date with their activities – click here to view.


On behalf of the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, we are sharing the below poster which is calling for entries to the annual ‘Strictly Come Gardening’ competition which seeks to find the best gardens in Lanark. Nominations close on 25th June, to nominate email or call 01555 661807

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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