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Japanese Bridge at Castlebank Park

Japanese Garden

Location: ML11 9EG
The Japanese Garden at Castlebank, is Castlebank’s latest project. Transforming a vacant site at the Horticultural Centre, into a Japanese inspired garden. Walter, our educational gardener designed the garden over the winter period in 2022. Working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, their community payback team cleared the site in November 2022. work began on the bridge, in January 2023, being completed in May, again with the help and support of South Lanarkshire Council. R.J Doak & Sons of Lanark kindly transported the bridge and positioned it to the site. The dry river creak that will flow from the top of the site to bottom has been deigned and positioned, with planting starting. Work is still in progress and it is hoped that the project will be completed by the end of July 2023.

Project Timeline


November – Funding for the project is secured from VASLan’s Building and Celebrating Communities. Planning for the garden begins, taking inspiration from Japanese inspired gardens in Scotland.

December – South Lanarkshire’s Community Payback team clear the site.


January – Working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, work begins on the Japanese inspired bridge. This forms the centrepiece of the garden, with a flamingo acer adjacent to the bridge.

April – LCDT are awarded a grant a micro-grant from South Lanarkshire, administered by the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council.

May – South Lanarkshire’s complete the bridge, and it is craned into position by R.J Doak & Sons of Lanark.

June – The dry river creak is designed, and planting begins.

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