Our first Harvest Day at Castlebank Horticultural Centre on Sunday 7 September was great success. It was blessed with glorious weather and a large number of adults and children came along to see what was going on. It gave visitors the chance to see the phenomenal growth in our raised beds since planting out in April and the amount of produce that can be achieved from one small area of the town.
Lanark in Bloom sold approximately £165 worth of vegetables produced in the raised beds and donations of £185 were made towards the running of the centre and our plans for the restoration of Castlebank Pond.
We had a good schools entry in the art competitions with over a hundred pictures from Lanark Primary, St Mary’s Primary and the Rainbows.This was won by Ewan Dearden of Lanark Primary and Lucy McPherson of St Mary’s. Well done all of you. There were also seven entries in the scarecrow competition which was won by St Mary’s Primary. Noah and Aaron Baskerville won the best miniature garden, Natalie Joynes won the children’s competition for the best photo of “My garden” with Gordon Gray winning the adult class. Sylvia Russell won the adult art class, Portrait of a Flower
Isla Cullen took the prize for the best creation made out of fruit or vegetables.
In the floral art section Nancy Duncan took first prize for Nature’s Glory, Liz Ewing won first for her arrangement in a teacup and Natalie Joynes won the children’s prize for an arrangement in a jam jar.
Bethany Romer had the best marrow and tomatoes, Sam Wylllie the best carrots and Don Hancock the best cucumbers.
Wild About Lanark ran a very successful scavenger hunt for families and finished by toasting marshmallows on their bonfire.
Facepainting was expertly done by Gillian
Teas, coffees and home baking were again donated by “Tea Time” cafe and were very much enjoyed by everyone.
Lanark Community Development Trust would like to thank everyone who contributed or assisted in any way to make this day such a success, especially the members of the ‘Friends of Castlebank’ Committee. We would also like to thank Lanark Guildry and Border Biscuits for donating the prizes.