Castlebank Horticultural Centre


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. Proceed’s 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. Contact the centre on 01555 728 329 /

Education at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

RHS Level 2 – Principles of Horticulture

Castlebank Horticultural Centre will be offering the ‘RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture’. This qualification is designed for individuals wanting a route to employment in professional horticulture or further development. The theory-based qualification helps learners by assessing their knowledge of the principles which underpin horticultural practices. The qualification is comprised of two certificates:

• RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
• RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

The qualification will be delivered at Castlebank Horticultural Centre, which is located within the historic Castlebank Park in Lanark. The Horticultural Centre features a recently renovated Community Hub building and a community growing area with multiple raised beds and polytunnels. Students will have the chance to enhance their theoretical learning by viewing practical demonstrations or undertaking practical activities within the Horticultural Centre or wider area of Castlebank Park.

The qualification will be taught by Castlebank Horticultural Centre’s Educational Gardener, a post which is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund.


If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please contact us on or call 01555 728 329.

Your pupils can become a ‘Gardener for a Day’ with a visit to Castlebank Horticultural Centre in Lanark. As well as Primary Schools and Nurseries, we can also welcome groups and clubs such as Scouts, Guides and Beavers.

Click here to download our Primary School and Nursery Visits Leaflet

Please get in touch to discuss your visit / 01555 728 329.

Our Educational Gardener can work with Higher Education students and older children/teens in youth groups / clubs.  Please get in touch to discuss your visit / 01555 728 329.

We have a full-time Educational Gardener based here at Castlebank Horticultural Centre and would be delighted to work with your school, group or organisation to create a tailored horticultural training course for you. This could be a one-day course, a 12-week course or anything else in between. Levels can start at beginner (for example, an ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course), intermediate to advanced, focusing on specific horticultural or environmental topics. We can also tailor courses for children, young adults, adults or variable ages with additional support needs – everyone is welcome. Please get in touch and we can discuss your requirements – or 01555 728 329

The Caley - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley) – Grow and Learn

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Educational Gardener

Stuart is the Educational Gardener based full-time at Castlebank Horticultural Centre. Stuart’s post is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, with the remit being to work with Castlebank volunteers and the local community to design and deliver a range of horticultural, educational and volunteering opportunities, events and activities to local people of all ages and backgrounds. Stuart is MSc & BSc qualified and PVG certified.

Getting here

In Lanark, Castlebank Horticultural Centre is located within the historic area of Castlebank Park in the south of the town.

Address: Castlebank Horticultural Centre,
St Patricks’s Road, Lanark, ML11 9EG

Car: Lanark is located around 50 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh by car. From the west

Train: The nearest train station to the centre is ‘Lanark’ which has a direct connection to Motherwell/ Glasgow Central. The station is around a 20-minute walk from the centre or a short taxi journey.

Bus: There is a bus service between Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow and Lanark. Details of this service are available by calling Stuart’s Coaches on 01555 773533. Does not run on Sundays.

Parking: The main car park at Castlebank Park is located around a 5-minute walk from the centre either up St Patrick’s Road or along a path within the park. The most accessible route is along St Patrick’s road which is paved.  There is also a bike rack directly outside the centre. There are 3 disabled spaces directly outside the centre, primarily for Blue Badge holders or visitors with limited mobility.