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Castlebank Park wants your designs on historic grotto mural project

Castlebank Stone Grotto

Lanark Community Development Trust have received funding from The Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council (RBLCC) Micro Grants to transform Castlebank Park’s historic stone grotto.

The stone grotto is located in the ‘Bog Garden’, once home to a small boating pond (photographed above) which was used for boating in the spring & summer, and for curling and ice skating in cold winters. The stone grotto was used to house the boats, curling stones and other outdoor equipment. As you can see in the photo, the grotto once had a thatched roof and a doorway to the storage cavity.  

Thanks to the RBLCC funding, the historic stone grotto in the Bog Garden will be transformed by a beautiful painted mural on its rear brickwork wall. The Development Trust would like your help to come up with the mural’s design!

The mural design should reflect Castlebank Park’s rich history and heritage; this could include:

  • The historic boating pond being used in different seasons
  • Beautiful peacocks that used to live in Castlebank Park
  • Formal Victorian gardens and glasshouses

The mural design could also reflect Castlebank Park’s current flora, fauna and wildlife. The park is home to lots of animals including bats, foxes, badgers, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs and now – even honeybees at the Horticultural Centre! Why not visit the park to get some inspiration?

The design competition is open to everyone in the local community, children and adults. The competition is open until Sunday 18th October 2020. We can’t wait to see your ideas!

Click here to download the competition entry form

Please read below for the full T&Cs and entry instructions:

  • The design competition is open until Sunday 18th October 2020.   
  • The competition is open to people living in Clydesdale with no age restrictions.  
  • To enter the design competition,  entrants must scan or take a photo of their design and email it to info@lanarktrust.co.uk. Alternatively, physical drawings can be posted to ‘Castlebank Horticultural Centre, St Patrick’s Road, Lanark, ML11 9EG’. 
  • Entrants are invited to use the blank template sheet linked here, but this is not a requirement.
  • Each entrant may submit only one entry.
  • A judging panel will select the entrant(s) whose designs are to be incorporated into the final mural. Dependent on COVID-19 guidance at the time, entrant(s) may be invited to contribute to the actual painting of the mural in a small group or individual basis – accompanied by the artist.
  • Submitted work must be the entrant’s original, unpublished work which does not breach anyone else’s copyright. Work that has already been sold to another party cannot be submitted. By entering the competition, you confirm this and accept liability for any copyright breaches.
  • By entering the competition, you give Lanark Community Development Trust permission to publish a photograph of your design on their websites, social media, in press and in print.
  • Entrants may be asked if they wish to be contacted in the future regarding other users of their design.

Extra historical information

Castlebank House was originally built in 1760 and developed over the years to its current state and is now a Category B listed building. In 1951 the Lanark Town Council purchased the estate and opened the land and formal gardens as a public park. The House was developed into Council flats.

In recent years, Lanark Community Development Trust has led on the park’s regeneration project. This has included the creation of Castlebank Horticultural Centre and the Volunteer programme to transform many areas of the park’s gardens, bringing them back ‘to their former glory’. Castlebank Park is now 1 of Scotland’s 71 Green Flag Parks.