In recent years, Castlebank Park in Lanark has been transformed by a dedicated team of volunteers, led by Lanark Community Development Trust.
The first phase of Castlebank Horticultural Centre, the growing compound opened in May 2014. The second phase, the Community Hub, opened in November 2018 and is now home to a full-time Educational Gardener and a year-long programme of educational activities, volunteering opportunities and community events. Rooms at the centre are also available for hire for business, community and personal lets. The centre is managed by Lanark Community Development Trust. Proceeds from the centre’s activities and hires are returned to the Development Trust to reinvest in the centre, and the ongoing development and maintenance of the Castlebank Park gardens.
Castlebank Park is now 1 of Scotland’s 71 Green Flag Parks and as well as welcoming visitors all year round, plays hosts to large-scale community events such as FlowerFest and celebrations during Lanimer Week.
The Horticultural Centre and park’s play area are currently closed due to COVID-19. The greenspace and gardens of the park are open, and can be enjoyed under current social distancing and non-essential travel guidelines.
For those unable to visit, click below to enjoy a virtual tour of Castlebank Park.
You can read more about the project at https://lanarktrust.co.uk/our-projects/castlebank-park/
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