Posted Friday July 26, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Hi everyone,

Last Thursday 18th July, Lanark in Bloom and the volunteers at Castlebank Horticultural Centre were presented with 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. We are very proud of this achievement and would like to welcome on board any new volunteers to assist with the ongoing maintenance of Castlebank Park. Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated! Our current volunteer sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, drop-in from 9.30am – 3pm. We also have one weekend session per month. Please get in touch for more information or 01555 728 329. Click here to read more about the award.

On Saturday 20th July we hosted our weekend volunteer session, and also a Wildflower Workshop as part of our Grow Wild project.  We learned all about why wildflowers are so important to the environment, how many natural areas we have lost, the consequences of this and what we can do to help. The workshop will also be running on Saturday 10th August at our Summer Open Day, with the workshop on 1pm – 2pm. The workshop will also be repeated at our Doors Open Weekend, running from 1-2pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. To book for any of these three dates, please email or call 01555 728 329.

As part of our SCOTMID funded project, Clyde Bat Group are running a bat walk at Castlebank Park on Sunday 15th September 7.30pm – 9pm 🦇 Limited places. To register please email The walk it is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by an adult. Participants will hopefully see and learn about the bats in the local area and listen to them with a bat detector. Please dress warmly and feel free to bring a torch. £2 per person which includes hot drink. The meeting point is Castlebank Horticultural Centre within the park, at the top of the grassy hill.

Over on The Lanark Website, the winners of Lanark’s 2019 Strictly Come Gardening competition have been revealed. Judges form Lanark Gardening Club and Lanark in Bloom faced tough decisions after visiting the eleven gardens competing for this year’s Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council awards. Click here to read more about the story.

This weekend in Lanark, pop into The Tolbooth to see the new ‘Shop Local’ exhibition featuring vintage Lanark advertising from days gone by. New Lanark are also hosting another ‘Makers Market’ featuring “stunning photography and portraits to brighten up your home (and even doggy bandanas to brighten up your dog). You can find ceramic yarn holders, homemade cakes and chutneys, beautiful metal worked jewellery and more! This Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibition Gallery from 10am – 5pm.”

You can view more local events and list your own free of charge at

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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