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22/12/15 Uncategorized

New Year, New You? Volunteering in the Valleys

New Year, New You? Volunteering in the Valleys

Get fitter, get out and about or learn a new skill. If any of these sound like your new years’ resolutions for 2016, then look no further than the volunteering opportunities available through Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) associated projects.

Whether you like to keep your hands clean or get dirty, be indoors or out, there’s a volunteering opportunity for you in the Clyde and Avon valleys! Opportunities are available for all ages and abilities and can be flexible to suite on your time commitments.

Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) offer free environmental training and volunteering. Join them to repair paths, plant trees and flowers, build fences and more, from Falls of Clyde to Dalzell Estate. Help conserve the wonderful local natural environment and learn new skills, get out into the fresh air and meet new friends whilst doing so. Take a look at the online calendar to see what’s coming up and for booking information:

If you love nothing more than a historic mystery, CAVLP Heritage are looking for volunteers to research the many lesser known historic sites of the Clyde and Avon valleys, starting with ‘Hoolet  Raw’ at Chatelherault Country Park in January. They’re looking for volunteers in map, place name and archival research, archaeological surveys and digitisation. Novice or a pro, get in touch with Paul or Karen at [email protected] / 01555 661 555 to find out how you can help unearth the hidden stories of the historic valleys.

The Glorious Gardens team also need help in unlocking the secrets of the old Clyde valley Estates. Learn or put to use existing historic landscape research and surveying skills, in finding out more about the numerous designed landscapes in the local area which are in danger of being lost forever. If you like the sound of learning new skills, exploring the landscape from the archives as well as on foot and meeting new people while you’re at it, contact Lorna on [email protected] / 0845 901 1142.

Media moguls and office administration volunteers are required by the CAVLP team to help report on and administer the projects they deliver that celebrate the local landscape, heritage and people. This can include putting journalistic, photographic or video production skills to use in reporting on projects out in the landscape, helping maintain the CAVLP website and social media channels, or being a CAVLP ambassador- helping share our news on social media or distributing our quarterly newsletter to local shops, groups, schools and other community hubs. Get in touch at [email protected] / 01555 663 430.

Perhaps you have a passion for a specific site in the Clyde and Avon valleys and want to dedicate your volunteer time exclusively to it – check the details below:

New Lanark, contact [email protected] for general volunteering opportunities or [email protected] for opportunities to get involved in the Double Row restoration project. Call the office on 01555 661 345.

North Lanarkshire Council managed sites including Dalzell Estate, contact Helen Boyle  [email protected] / 01698 402090.

RSPB Baron’s Haugh, contact Stephen [email protected] / 0141 331 0993.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, call the office on 01555 665 262.

South Lanarkshire Council managed Chatelherault and Mauldslie woodlands, call 0303 123 1020.

Heritage Lottery Fund supported CAVLP is funded until 2018 to deliver a range of over 70 projects which celebrate the unique and diverse natural and cultural landscape of the Clyde and Avon valleys.

Donna Marshall, CAVLP Programme Manager explains, “Strengthening the connection between people and place is at the heart of all CAVLP projects. Volunteering is a huge part of this programme and we urge people of all ages and abilities to get involved. It’s a great way to learn new skills, get fitter and explore the local landscape whilst making a valuable contribution to local environmental and cultural assets.”

“We’ve had great feedback from volunteers who are already volunteering with CAVLP projects,” says Kirsten Robb, CAVLP Development Officer. “An evaluation of last years’ CCI projects showed that volunteers felt that their confidence, fitness and satisfaction grew greatly from learning a new skill.”

What are you waiting for? Nail those new years’ resolutions and make a big difference to your local community whilst you’re at it.

Get in touch at [email protected] / 01555 663 430 /

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Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Some of Santa’s little reindeer are having a rest in New Lanark Roof Garden prior to their big night!   Here everything is tranquil,  but down at the Pantomime the audience is making as much noise as possible.  The New Lanark Christmas Experience including the pantomime is on at the weekends and on 23 and 24 December – book online at  Remember to visit the Roof Garden to see the reindeer too.   After all that shouting and singing,  if you can stay still and quiet for a few minutes, the resident robin may even pop by to say hello!

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Winners revealed for autumn round of Clyde and Avon valleys photography competition

Winners revealed for autumn round of Clyde and Avon valleys photography competition

Guest blog from Sarah at the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership…

Four entries showcasing the autumnal beauty of the local landscape have been selected as winners of the Clyde and Avon valleys’ seasonal photo competition – as the hunt for winter winners begins.

Autumnal views over Chatelherault’s formal garden, Lanark from Black Hill cairn, woodlands at Corra Castle and rooftops at New Lanark by Alan Collison, Dylan Nardini and Ricky Mitchell, were the four winning images selected out of over 40 entries.

The images were picked by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) team with the assistance of Crawford based Mark Archibald Photography Ltd.

“We were overwhelmed by the quality of all of the autumn entries,” says Sarah O’Sullivan, Communications Officer for CAVLP. “Their diversity highlights what a unique landscape the Clyde and Avon valleys are and just why the area is designated an Area of Great Landscape Value. We look forward to the next winter round of the photography competition and seeing the valleys in the subsequent phase of their seasonal journey.”

Winter entries to the competition can now be submitted under the themes of woodlands, built heritage, geology, play, and inspired by the landscape, until 29 February.

Each winning photographer wins a framed print of their photograph and submitted images may be selected for display in Clyde and Avon valleys exhibitions, postcards and digital interpretation of the area on the CAVLP website, alongside credit to the original photographer.

Judging takes place quarterly, after each seasonal category closes. Winter entries close 29 February 2016, with spring and summer entries closing 31 May and 31 August. Overall winners will be picked in September 2016.

Photographs should be taken in, or looking into, the Area of Great Landscape Value which follows the Clyde and Avon valleys from just south of Hamilton to New Lanark and Strathaven respectively. A map outlining the boundary is available in the competition guidelines. The area is well known for attractions such as Chatelherault Country Park and New Lanark World Heritage Site but there are many, more hidden features of the landscape that tell an equally important part of the area’s story.

Open to all ages and photographic abilities, entries are judged on creativity and individuality as much as technical skill.

“Photographs that showcase the best of the Clyde and Avon valleys play an important role in CAVLP’s aim to inspire people to explore the beautiful and often hidden landscape,” says Donna Marshall, Manager of CAVLP.  “Now, more than ever, we are realising how important landscape is to our wellbeing.  A photograph is a very powerful way to convey the beauty, drama and joy to be had from our special local landscape and we hope that photographers will help us raise the profile of the landscape’s unique characteristics.”

Photographs can be entered in a digital format to [email protected] or in print format to: David Dale’s House, Rosedale Street, New Lanark, ML11 9DJ.

To see all of the Autumn entries, please visit the gallery on the CAVLP Facebook page,

For full information on the competition, visit or email [email protected].

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Alan Collison, Horticulture

Dylan Nardini Autumn Designs in Landscapes Lanark from Black Hill cairn

Dylan Nardini, Lanark from Black Hill Cairn

Dylan Nardini Autumn Woodlands - Corra Castle, Falls of Clyde

Dylan Nardini, Corra Castle, Falls of Clyde

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Ricky Mitchell, New Lanark

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Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Ted’s Christmas at New Lanark!

Hi everyone!

Ted here again for this month’s bumper Christmas Blog with everything I’ve been up to at New Lanark over November and December!

During November we were really busy getting everything set up for Christmas, so it was nice to end the month with a extra-special day! On Friday 27th November the New Lanark textiles team launched the world’s first ever Organic Tartan at a special event in the Mill Shop. The tartan was registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in September 2015, and the entire process from sheep to shop has been certified as 100% organic by the Soil Association. I sported a special bow tie made out of the Organic Tartan fabric for the event, which I think looks very dashing indeed! The tartan will be sold exclusively in the New Lanark Mill Shop through a range of bags, purses, wallets, accessories and cosy throws!


Launching the world’s first ever Organic Tartan!

On Monday 30th November New Lanark joined in with the Scottish Government’s nationwide St.Andrew’s Day celebrations by lighting up the famous Falls of Clyde blue! I think the photo looks pretty cool, and some of the other iconic places lit up looked amazing as well – like Edinburgh Castle and The Kelpies!

St.Andrew's Day 2015 - New Lanark - Dundaff Linn

Dundaff Linn lit up blue to celebrate St.Andrew’s Day!


In case you hadn’t realised – it’s almost Christmas! On Saturday 28th November the New Lanark Christmas Experience opened its doors and kicked off the first weekend of the fantastic event. Tickets are really good value, and for £9.50pp you can meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy the photo/craft zone and go on the Spirit of Christmas Ride! If you’d like to pack more into your day for £11.50pp you can do all of that plus see our festive pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers – I went to see it on Saturday and I’d highly recommend it!  New Lanark’s Santa’s Grotto was also recently included in a list of the Top 10 places to meet Santa in the UK, wow!

Giddy up Dasher, Prancer & Vixen!



Meeting some of the other bears at Santa’s Workshop!



Front row seats for the pantomime Sister Ella’s Slippers!


After all that excitement I thought it would be nice to treat myself to the Mill Café’s Festive Afternoon Tea! They’re running it Monday – Fridays in December from 12-4pm, and it’s only £10.50pp for all of this! You need to book in advance so best to call 01555 667205 to get your place reserved 🙂


Yum yum, us bears to like a good scone!

Until next year!!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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