Posted Monday February 14, 2022 by David


Castlebank Horticultural Centre

The volunteers returned to Castlebank park on the 11th of January. Along with Stuart, Skills Exchange, and Community Payback they have been working hard on building the Labyrinth. It is now entering the later stages of the build, with only the sand and the blocks to be lain as well as some stairs down to it. A new sundial has been ordered, and the plan is to get the plinth cleaned up before it is attached. We will commission an information sign that will tell people what the Labyrinth is and how to use it. We can’t wait to unveil it!

Stuart, our Educational Gardener handed his notice of resignation in, just before the Christmas holidays.  Stuart and his family plan to emigrate to New Zealand, something by the end of 2022. Stuart finishes at the Horticultural Centre on the 18th of March. He was quite keen to take an active role in appointing has successor. I’m glad to say we have managed to find a candidate that meets Stuart’s requirements. We will keep everyone updated with the new appointment once they have started.



LCDT Consultation 

Work with Victoria Pearce from Community Enterprise has continued. Victoria was brought in to conduct a strategic business plan for the trust and conduct public consultation (which was carried out in the Autumn). This work is vital for the development of the Trust as it will help shape the priorities and aims of the Trust in the next 5 years. Working closely with the Development Trust board, Victoria has outlined the vision of LCDT along with its mission. She then looked at the strategic objectives, which will help to develop a priority plan as we look to the future.

Work is ongoing, but we hope to share the work Victoria has done, later in the Spring. For those who haven’t yet seen the results of the survey that was carried out, there is a PDF of the findings here: Lanark CDT Consultation Summary Nov 2021[10046]

Year of Stories 2022

Working in partnership with Discover Lanark, LCDT is putting together an application to the Year of Stories Community Fund. The fund opened on the 24th of January and will support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities, and programming.


Thanks, David
Development Manager
Lanark Community Development Trust 

01555 728 329



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