Posted Monday July 01, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

It’s been ‘all go’ at the Development Trust over the last two weeks as we prepared for our very special VIP visit to Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre. On Friday 28th June, The Duke of Rothesay visited Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre in Lanark to learn about the park’s renovations and met with many of the volunteers and local organisations involved. This was a very special occasion for the Lanark in Bloom and Castlebank volunteers who have recently earned a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Click here to read more about the visit and see additional photos.

Also in the last week, Castlebank Park is to become more ‘bat friendly’ thanks to Lanark Community Development Trust and funding through Scotmid Co-operative.  Scotmid’s Community Grant scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. Since 2012, the fund has supported hundreds of projects which have touched the lives of people living in the communities Scotmid serves. Through the fun, Lanark Community Development Trust has been awarded £280 to purchase bat boxes and a bat monitoring kit. The bat boxes have been crafted by social participants at Clydesdale Community Initiatives CCI at their woodwork studio at Langloch Farm in Lanark. The boxes also feature pyrography bats – another creative talent of the woodworking team. The social participants who created the bat boxes have all faced mental or health barriers at some point in their lives. Click here to read more about the story.

Over on The Lanark Website, we have uploaded a new feature in the Discover Lanark Business Showcase. Nestled in Lanark’s Wellgate is Ianthe Boutique, a glittering treasure trove which which specialises in Greek designer jewellery in silver and gold with semi-precious stones, as well as Greek ceramics and frames and a range of Greek designer clothing, bags and scarves. Click here to read the full feature.

In other Discover Lanark news, applications are open for the post of BID Manager. Recently, the Lanark Business community backed a five-year BID. A BID is an initiative where businesses work in partnership with Local Authorities to develop their town. Discover Lanark plan to use the levies paid plus grants and other funding streams to support a number of projects, including improving how Lanark is presented to locals and visitors, putting successful businesses at the heart of Lanark’s community and working together to capitalise on the level of tourism the town enjoys. Discover Lanark are now looking for a self-starting, motivated individual with the ability to manage the delivery of the Lanark Bid, meeting business plan targets, and bringing in fresh ideas.  Click here to read the full job description and application details.

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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