Education at Castlebank Horticultural Centre

At Castlebank Horticultural Centre, we strive to promote the principles of inclusivity for all,
respect for the environment and all living things within it, expanding our knowledge about the
natural world, and promoting the physical and mental health benefits of adopting a balanced
lifestyle through engagement with the natural world around us.

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 various groups and organisations offering Life-long Learning opportunities.

Click here to download our Higher Education and Life-long Learning Leaflet

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 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK’s leading gardening charity. The organisation aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Horticultural courses have been awarded by the RHS since 1893 and are widely recognised and respected within the horticulture industry. The current qualifications are available to be studied online or at an approved centre across the UK and Ireland” 

We will not be offering any RHS courses in 2022.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre was accredited as an RHS approved centre in June 2019. The RHS are currently developing a revised curriculum. With the course still under development, and with a change of staff at the Horticultural Centre, we do not currently offer any RHS courses. We will keep the page updated with any developments.


If you have any questions, please contact us on or call 01555 728 329.

The Caley - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society

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

Do you have a group or organisation who would be interested in this course? Please let us know by emailing

About 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 /

Click here to view our FREE Teaching Resource – Gardening and Nature Club (Videos and Activity Packs)

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.