Lanark in Bloom
Lanark in Bloom supplies and maintains 50 hanging baskets and 60 containers year-round, around the town of Lanark. Most of the plants are bought in as plugs, cared for in a polytunnel in the growing centre, at Castlebank. Castlebank Park supports the group with up keep of the park gardens along with South Lanarkshire Council.
In 2017, the group, in partnership with Lanark Development Trust, won the 'Community Involvement Award' for the Castlebank Park Horticultural Unit:
In partnership with the Lanark Development Trust, the Castlebank Park Horticultural Unit has developed over the past two years. The work carried out at the unit benefits not only Lanark but the wider area around Lanark and further afield. Training is carried out by the Clydeside Training Initiative at the unit, which helps special needs groups. Local schools benefit from classes held at the unit, and the general public are also helped with a number of workshops held on specific gardening subjects. The unit is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are also benefitting by acquiring new skills. The ongoing development of the unit is also being considered, with plans for a bigger meeting and classroom space converted from an old steading.