Lanark Community Development Trust raised the funds to kick start Phase 1 of setting up the Horticulture Training Centre and Community Hub. We have worked closely with South Lanarkshire Council, Lanark in Bloom, Friends of Castlebank, the NHS and Social Services. We have managed to increase volunteer participation in both the horticulture centre and also in the wider gardens of the park. Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Firemen and many school children have helped us along the way. Over the past year volunteers have given approximately 10,000 hours of work. Our regular volunteers are drawn from members of Friends of Castlebank, Lanark in Bloom, Social Services, Princes Trust and Community Payback Service.
The Terraced Gardens were closed for many years and had become totally overgrown.
The long terrace has been cleared and planted out with herbaceous plants to a planting design created by two of our volunteers. The plants were paid for by money raised at our open days. After that our volunteers took over and planted over a thousand box plants and 100 Braveheart and 100 Freedom roses which were funded by the Border Biscuits Community Support Fund. Clydesdale Community Initiatives carried out the work on the steps and central area where the statue is placed. We commissioned the Wallace Statue from the same chainsaw artist who created the Fairy Dell.
The area where the Curling Pond used to be had been filled in around 40 years ago. Unfortunately, the base of the curling pond hadn’t been broken up so the area still held water and the grass was permanently boggy. With the help of many of our volunteers we have managed to transform the area into a beautiful garden buzzing with life.
The Bog Garden is now a beautiful area to sit and relax.
After a storm a number of trees came down in what is now known as the ‘Fairy Dell’ area of the park. We worked with South Lanarkshire Council to commission a chainsaw artist to transform the debris into this fantastic area for young families.
Before the Development Trust intervened, this area of Castlebank Park consisted of derelict tennis courts and derelict sawmill buildings.
The old tennis courts have been transformed from a rubbish dump into a highly productive horticultural training centre. The produce from our raised beds goes to our local food bank. With additional funding our Phase 2 restoration of the old sawmill sheds is almost complete. The sawmill restoration will give us a classroom, bistro, office and kitchen. Click here to find out more about the Horticultural Centre.
Would you like to support the continued efforts of our restoration? Click here to find out about volunteering with us!