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You beauty! Lanark in Bloom wins Community Involvement trophy at Beautiful Scotland Awards

Ernest Romer’s Lanark in Bloom have had another busy year in the Royal Burgh

Lanark in Bloom clinched the Community Involvement prize at the Beautiful Scotland Awards in Dunfermline last Thursday thanks to its hard work in partnership with the Lanark Community Development Trust.

Lanark in Bloom was recognised for its hard work designing, landscaping and maintaining community gardens and green spaces throughout the town and lifted the trophy thanks to its work at Castlebank Horticultural Centre alongside the Development Trust.

Castlebank Park has been revamped in recent years thanks to the vision of both groups and the enthusiasm of a growing band of volunteers.

The Beautiful Scotland competition, which is run in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, brings communities together to help clean up and improve the places that matter to them - and recognises the efforts of volunteers across Scotland as they work to enhance their own community.

Thirteen category winners, with 11 additional discretionary awards and the overall Rosebowl award, were presented at the ceremony which attracted over 250 people.  All entries were assessed by an expert judging panel against the three core pillars of the Beautiful Scotland campaign; horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation.

Lanark in Bloom also retained its silver status in the medium town category and Ernest Romer, chairman of the group, is aiming for silver gilt status in 2018.

He told The Lanark Website: “I’m glad that we’ve been recognised with the award.

“The biggest project we’ve been working on this year has been the planting of the Wallace garden. We’re still working on the bog garden – we’ll get there eventually with that. Once it’s planted it’s just a matter of looking after it. The big challenge with the bog garden has been a type of Japanese bamboo, it’s been in there for maybe 60 years and it’s matted solid.

“The next target is the derelict sawmill. It’ll be a lot of work once we get into it, but I want to see it up and running. The big problem we’ve got is we can’t do any paperwork. You’re sitting in a polytunnel or in the van but if you’ve got an office space it’s much easier.

“The sawmill is absolutely vital. We need a kitchen to work from and a community area would be ideal, not just for our volunteers but for anyone who comes to visit.”