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Development Trust aims to celebrate Lanark as home of historic Clydesdale Horse breed

Clydesdale Horse

An artist’s impression shows an impressive visual of the proposed Clydesdale Horse Sculpture (Image copyright of CodSteaks)

Lanark Community Development Trust would like to celebrate Lanark’s long history of being the home of the Clydesdale Horse which was first bred at a farm just across the Clyde from Lanark.

Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, said: "We wish to erect a magnificent sculpture near Lanark Auction Market which has hosted Clydesdale Horse sales for over 140 years although Clydesdales were sold at Lanark Fair from the mid 1700s"

"The project will advance education by sparking local interest in the Clydesdale Horse and Lanark’s agricultural heritage by providing a catalyst for the local community, local schools and visitors the chance to learn more about their heritage and the history of Lanark. This would be done through an engaging schools programme, creation of an information leaflet and photographic exhibition and of course, the sculpture." 

"The estimated costs of this project are in the region of £40,000. Lanark Community Development Trust is seeking financial contributions of support and will also be approaching local capital funders. Any contribution or support, financial or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated to secure the success of this project."

Donations may be made by:
• Cheque to Lanark Community Development Trust, Castlebank Horticulture Centre, St Patrick’s Road, Lanark ML11 9EG
• Bank Transfer: Sort Code 80 17 02, Account Number: 06002099.
• Donate online via PayPal to or this Facebook post

Lanark Community Development Trust is a volunteer-led organisation which designs and delivers community projects with a social, economic or environmental benefit in the town of Lanark. One strand of the Development Trust's 'Vision for Lanark' is to utilise the arts to promote and enhance Lanark's heritage and tourism offering as well as boosting civic pride. Projects which have been linked to this strand include the development of the William Wallace Trail, the Lanark ‘Welcome’ signs, creation of the ‘William Wallace Close’ and most recently the creation of the Cameronian Memorial Sculpture at the former Winston Barracks.

Further information about Lanark Community Development Trust can be found at