New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017
February light glows on the stonework of the houses at New Lanark as seen from the path into the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve. The island in the middle of the river is called Mid Inch on which a tall evergreen Scots pine tree has found a foothold. The stones at the water’s edge are the haunt of a heron. Nearby in the village is New Lanark’s Clearburn Natural Outdoor Play & Picnic Area. There are squirrels hiding under the ivy covering the old trees and a pair of tiny wrens have been spotted flying in and out of the lade tunnel. (The scientific name for a wren is ‘troglodytes’ meaning ‘cave dweller’!) Playing outdoors is now recognised as essential for children’s cognitive and emotional development, so bring the kids along and see what else you can spot (entry to the Clearburn Play Area is free). If the weather isn’t great there’s always the indoor Interactive Gallery!
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger
Here are some more photos of the village in early February…