Let’s celebrate the Clydesdale Horse!

Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, photographed with ‘Harris’ of the Police Scotland Mounted Unit

Letʻs Celebrate the Clydesdale Horse!

Lanark Community Development Trust would like to celebrate Lanark’s long history of being the home of the Clydesdale Horse which was first bred at a farm just across the Clyde from Lanark. We wish to erect a magnificent sculpture near Lanark Auction Market which has hosted Clydesdale Horse sales for over 140 years although Clydesdales were sold at Lanark Fair from the mid 1700s.

Our project will advance education by sparking local interest in the Clydesdale Horse and Lanark’s agricultural heritage by providing a catalyst for the local community, local schools and visitors the chance to learn more about their heritage and the history of Lanark. This would be done through an engaging schools programme, creation of an information leaflet and photographic exhibition and of course, the sculpture. An artist’s impression below shows an impressive visual of the proposed Clydesdale Horse Sculpture. (Image copyright of CodSteaks)

The estimated costs of this project are in the region of £55,000. Lanark Community Development Trust is pleased to announce that as of November 2021, we have, not only met this target, but exceeded it! We’d like to thank all the individuals who have donated to the project. We would also like to thank all our partners – The Levenseat Trust, the William Syson Foundation, the Renewable Energy Fund, Community Council and the  South Lanarkshire Community Grant – that have made this possible!

The project is now underway, with CodSteaks aiming to start manufacturing the statue in late February, early March. It is expected to take around 6 months to build, with a special structuralist engineer employed to bring the design to reality.

If you’d like to contribute to this project, donations can be made by:

• Cheque to Lanark Community Development Trust, Castlebank Horticulture Centre, St Patrick’s Road, Lanark ML11 9EG
PayPal via this link

Fundraising target: £55,000

Fundraising target met in November 2021!

Artist Impression of Clydesdale Horse Sculpture. Image copyright of CodSteaks

Project Timeline
  • October 2019 – Project & Fundraising campaign launched at the annual ‘Lanark Foal Show’ at Lanark Agricultural Centre.
  • January 2020 – visit to the Police Scotland Mounted Unit in Stewarton.
  • August 2020 – sculpture site agreed at Lanark Agricultural Centre.
  • January 2021 – Planning permission approved by South Lanarkshire Council.
  • August 2021 – International Crowd-funder to launch online.
  • November 2021 – Funding target met, with help from International Crowd-funder.
  • January 2022 – CodSteaks commissioned to start work on the statue, with installation in summer 2022.
  • February 2022 – CodSteaks begin work on detailed structural drawings of the sculpture.
  • March 2022 – Work officially starts on the build of the sculpture.
  • April 2022 – CodSteaks send photos of the progress of the build (see below for pictures).



Images courtesy of CodSteaks

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