Posted Friday June 14, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Lanark Community Development Trust are running a free family gardening club at Castlebank Horticultural Centre this summer. 

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!

There are many benefits to spending time outdoors with children, especially gardening which can bring a number of mental and physical health benefits:

  • Gardening engages all of the senses.
  • Gardening encourages healthy eating.
  • Gardening enhances fine motor development.
  • Gardening introduces kids to scientific concepts.
  • Gardening fosters family bonding.
  • Gardening teaches responsibility.
  • Gardening helps learn to plan and organise.
  • Gardening creates environmental stewards.
  • Gardening develops math skills.
  • Gardening teaches patience.

(Macaroni Kid)

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All ages and family/guardian groups welcome – parents, grandparents, childminders etc. Children must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian.

Dates: Set Fridays in July (5th, 12th, 19th) & in August (2nd, 9th)

Meeting point: Castlebank Horticultural Centre, St Patrick’s Road, Lanark, ML11 9EG

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm (drop-in available – no requirement to stay for the full duration)

Free of charge – any donations to the ongoing regeneration of the park by our volunteers are very welcome.

To register, please email or call 01555 728 329.

Other information: Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and outdoor shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided. Tea, coffee, diluting juice and biscuits will be provided.

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Castlebank Horticultural Centre is managed and operated by Lanark Community Development Trust. The development of the centre has been funded by LEADER, the Renewable Energy Fund and the Climate Challenge Fund. Proceeds from the hire of the centre are returned to the Development Trust to continue the project of rejuvenating and maintaining the gardens of Castlebank Park for the local community to enjoy, with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. Keep an eye out for horticultural training opportunities, courses, workshops and community activities taking place at the centre. Full details will be available at

Email or call 01555 728 329 with any enquiries.

One comment

  1. Mary Deane says:

    Well done – a fantastic idea. I’m sorry i won’t have my grandchildren here to take along with me.
    I will be along to other events.

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