of Castlebank Park
Working Together To Restore Castlebank Park
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. We also have a group of school children
with additional support needs from Lanark Grammar who come along once a week and learn about
gardening and horticulture.We are continuing our volunteer recruitment and have approximately
20 regular volunteers who work with us in the horticulture centre and the wider park.
The old tennis courts have been transformed from a rubbish dump for the council into a highly
productive horticultural training centre. The produce from our raised beds goes to our local food
With additional funding our Phase 2 restoration of the old sawmill sheds is almost complete. The
sawmill restoration will give us a kitchen, classroom office and bistro.
We will soon be able to run proper horticulture training courses.
The photographs on the following pages give a graphic illustration of our activities.
Transformation of Castlebank Park Horticultural Centre Phase 1
October 2013 May 2014
Transformation of Castlebank Park Horticultural Centre Phase 2
Transformation of Castlebank Gardens
The Terraced Gardens were closed for many years and had become totally overgrown
Princes Trust Group working in gardens and being presented with their John Muir Award
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
It now looks like this
A new Alpine Garden has been created to link
the two areas. This was designed by a 94 year
Creating the Bog Garden
The area where the Curling Pond used to be had been filled in for ‘health and safety’ reasons. 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.
The Grotto and the ‘Arts and Crafts stone walling in the Bog Garden, which was totally overgrown, has
been cleaned out and replanted with rock plants and ferns. The little stone bridge was rebuilt by Clydesdale
A small pond was created to encourage biodiversity
Transformation of a ‘Jungle’ into the William Wallace Rose Garden
This area, which was a rose garden originally and was where the greenhouses used to be, was 20 foot high
jungle of self seeded scrubby trees. The Community Payback Team spent many weeks clearing it and laying
out the paths.
After that our volunteers took over and planted over a thousand box plants and 100 Braveheart and 100
Freedom roses. 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
Creation of the Fairy Dell
Following severe gales, a number of ancient trees came down. Rather than chopping them up SLC hired
a chainsaw artist to create the magical Fairy Dell which is very popular with local children.
South Lanarkshire Council has helped considerably with some of the more
rundown areas of the park
The steps at the terraced
gardens had been badly
eroded by flooding. SLC
put in new drains in the
driveway and repaired the
steps. They also planted
out the banking with
The broken down children’s play area has been
replaced by a picnic area and a new, exciting
play area has been built nearer the mansion
house. It also has an area where parents and
grandparents can sit and watch the action.
Our Amazing Volunteers
After all their hard work ...
........ everyone enjoys