Posted Friday October 04, 2019 by Melissa Reilly


On Wednesday 18th September, Lanark High Street was judged as part of the The GB High St Awards. We are one of only seven Scottish towns shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category, which aims to celebrate up and coming local communities who are on their way to transforming for the future. We spent two hours with the judges visiting retailers, meeting community groups improving the high street and hearing about traditions and events which fill the High Street every year. The judges’ score makes up 80% of our final score, and the remaining 20% is from public votes. You can vote EVERY DAY until 7th October for Lanark at this website.



We’ve had a busy couple of weeks at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. Recently we’ve welcomed visits from over 100 local Cub Scouts, Brownies and the 1st Lanark Boys Brigade.  If you have a group or organisation who would like to visit and work with Stuart, our Educational Gardener, please get in touch – / 01555 728 329


We also hosted the first Lanark Garden Club meeting of the 2019/2020 season.  It was an extra special night celebrating the club’s 50th anniversary, and also presenting the winners of the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council – RBLCC Strictly Come Gardening Awards. The next meeting will be held at Castlebank Horticultural Centre on Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are most welcome!

On the Friday of the September weekend we hosted our first ‘Autumn Family Gardening Club’. We learned about autumn, found lots of different coloured leaves, picked and pressed some flowers and made wildflower seed bombs! The next sessions are in the October Week on Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Contact us to book! (Very limited places remaining) – / 01555 728 329

On Wednesday 2nd October,  we participated in the Healthy Schools Lanarkshire networking event in East Kilbride, to promote the wide variety of educational opportunities available to class visits at Castlebank Horticultural Centre! We have leaflets on Primary School & Nursery and Higher Education & Life-long Learning available on this web page.

Thursday marked ‘4 weeks to go’ until Ghouls in the Garden – Halloween Family Event at Castlebank Horticultural Centre! Join us after school on Thursday 31ST October for nature crafts (leaf monsters, cone spiders and twig magic wands), spooky Treasure Trail, Halloween games and costume competition! (1st prize £20 Tesco voucher, runner up £10 Tesco voucher) + pumpkin soup and hot drinks. £4 per child, adults and babies under 1 free. Facebook event link.

We also have a range of workshops for adults over the autumn/winter months. ‘Gardening for Beginners’ on 12th October, ‘Half-day Foraging Walk’ on 19th October and a Winter Tree ID Workshop on 27th November. View the posters below for details and contact us to book on 01555 728 329 /



There’s a whole lot going on this weekend, including Junior Panto’s ‘Peter Pan’, JAMFest at New Lanark, Lanark United’s Quiz Night, Fruit Day at Overton Farm and fundraisers in The Tolbooth and Christ Church Hall.

You can view more local events and advertise yours 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. 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
Development Manager
Lanark Community Development Trust

01555 728 329

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