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24/09/15 CAVLP # , , , , ,

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate the Clyde Valley orchards and local produce for free at the 6th annual Fruit Day on Saturday 3 October at Overton Farm, Crossford between 9am and 1.30pm.

Enjoy fresh local produce from Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market alongside the local food demo tent, live music, food and craft stalls, woodturning, a variety of children’s activities and an orchard themed Scarecrow Competition.

This year’s Fruit Day will also see the launch of Clyde Valley Apple Juice – grown, processed and bottled locally by the newly formed Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd. Once again local apple juice is being produced for sale drawing on a long tradition of fruit growing and market gardening in the Clyde Valley, once known as the Fruit Basket of Scotland. Demonstration pressings will be taking place throughout the day, letting visitors see the whole apple to bottle process.

Celebrating ‘100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle’ the group are encouraging orchard owners to make any excess apple crops available for pressing. All money raised through sales will be put back into Clyde Valley community initiatives.

“Fruit Day is also an opportunity for people to find out more about the history of the Valley,” explains Chair of the Cooperative Cheryl Osbourne. “This year we are launching our branded Clyde Valley Apple Juice. We have been working towards this for a while and are delighted to now be able to offer our new locally grown and produced juice for sale.”

Orchards are an important part of our local heritage and in their heyday in the 19th century the Clyde Valley was Scotland’s leading commercial fruit producing area. The orchards are a beautiful feature of our landscape and provide an important resource at a time when local produce is starting to be valued by consumers. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is promoting the restoration of the orchards and have supported the planting of almost 700 new apple, plum and pear trees over the last two years.

Entries to this year’s Annual Scarecrow Competition are invited on the theme of orchards, in keeping with the launch of the local juice. The competition is open to all families, nurseries and primary schools and they are encouraged to take inspiration from types of tree, blossom, fruit or biodiversity in the orchards.

A free class trip to Overton Farm is just one of the fantastic prizes to be one which are being sponsored by the Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected].

Maggie Young from Overton Farm said, “We are delighted to be able to host the event for the 6th year. This year’s Fruit Day will again see a wide range of stalls, apple pressing, displays and information with something to interest to all the family. The Strathaven Jazz Band will have us dancing round the stalls and there’ll be loads of extra fun for the kids.”

There will be cookery demonstrations using local food and an opportunity to sample some special healthy recipes. Strathclyde Woodturners will be offering children the opportunity of ‘turning their own toy’ from local wood and ‘kids’ of all ages can also make their own bird feeders with the RSPB Scotland or self-power their own healthy drink with CAVLP on a smoothie bike.

Fruit Day is being organised by the Rural Development Trust, Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd., Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market and Overton Farm. It is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Scottish Government Community Food Fund.

For more information on the Fruit Day please contact Chris or Cheryl on 01555 665064 or email [email protected]

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23/09/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s September at New Lanark

Ted’s September at New Lanark

Hello everyone!

Ted here again to let you know what I’ve been up to at New Lanark this September. After I came back my holidays (in Bar-bear-dos) I was straight back to work at New Lanark’s Doors Open Weekend! We had lots of people come down to the site over the weekend to explore buildings in New Lanark not usually open to the public. You’ll never guess who was there too – David Dale and Richard Arkwright had travelled forward in time from the 1800’s to give free tours to visitors! Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, so you can visit their website to find out about more events across Scotland. 

Ted at Doors Open Weekend

Evelyn and I working hard at Doors Open Weekend!


As of yesterday (Wednesday 23rd September) it’s now officially Autumn! It’s one of my favourite seasons here at New Lanark, you really don’t want to miss visiting here and seeing all the beautiful colours – just like Alan Knox has captured in this amazing photograph of the Falls of Clyde! From the New Lanark Book Festival, to fun kids craft workshops during the October break there’s lots going on here this Autumn. Just visit our website to read all about it! 

Autumn at New Lanark

Autumn is here!


As I mentioned New Lanark is hosting its very own Book Festival at the start of October! From Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th over 20 brilliant authors will be speaking at the event on loads of interesting topics like Scottish History, Textiles, Scottish food (mmmm) & Scotch Whisky! Well-known authors like Christopher Brookmyre and James Robertson will be taking to the stage, along with up-and-coming novelists like Jonathan Whitelaw and Mandy Haggith. You can view the full list of author sessions here and get your tickets here!

Ted in bookshelfs

I’m a bit of a bookworm, don’t you know…


The Schools in South Lanarkshire will be taking a break from 25th – 28th September, and we’ll be running Daily Tours at New Lanark on each of these days at 2pm. It’s included in a Visitor Centre ticket, and will give you the chance to find out lots more about the fascinating history of New Lanark.

Last but not least, New Lanark will be hosting our very own Halloween Spook-tacular event on Saturday 31st October with creepy crafts, storytelling & spooky night time tours! Come along if you dare 🙂

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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14/09/15 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: September 2015

Roof Garden Diary: September 2015

There has been some sunshine as New Lanark Roof Garden relaxes into its mellow late summer phase.  The buddleia is in flower at last, its rich purple spikes curving over to invite bees and butterflies to land on its densely packed florets and feed.  Here, the variety of buddleia is named ‘Harlequin’ and has attractive green leaves edged with white.  The lavender is also a favourite with the bees.   Colour contrasts are created by the anemones – the purple ones against the clear white of the Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’.   Make sure you visit New Lanark Roof Garden this autumn!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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