Duke of Rothesay Visits Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre

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The Prince of Wales on a walkabout during a visit to The Bank Buildings in Belfast

THE DUKE OF ROTHESAY WILL VISIT CASTLEBANK PARK AND HORTICULTURAL CENTRE, LANARK

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE 2019

The Duke of Rothesay will visit Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre to learn about its renovation and meet with volunteers and members of local organisations who use the park.

During the visit, His Royal Highness will undertake a walking tour of Castlebank Park, taking in the recently renovated terraced William Wallace Memorial Rose Garden where The Duke will be introduced to volunteers in the Bog Garden and Fairy Dell His Royal Highness will see local Scouts building a woven willow tunnel and meet a Beavers group. The Duke will also meet the Centre’s Educational Gardener who will show His Royal Highness the new beehives, which The Duke will then open. Before departing, His Royal Highness will plant a locally grown Scots Pine tree to commemorate the visit.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre is a rural hub for education, training, volunteering and enjoying the great outdoors. Located in Castlebank Park, on the site of former tennis courts and outbuildings, the Horticultural Centre is the result of years of dedicated work by Lanark Community Development Trust and local volunteers to transform derelict areas of the park and bring them back into community use. As a result, the Trust and its volunteers were recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Lanark Community Development Trust has increased volunteer participation in both the horticulture centre and the wider gardens of the park. Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Firemen and many schoolchildren have helped along the way. Over the past year, volunteers have given approximately 5,000 hours of work, with regular volunteers drawn from members of Friends of Castlebank, Lanark in Bloom, Social Services, The Prince’s Trust Team Programme and Community Payback Service.