At the start of August, clusters of bright red berries adorned the rowan trees near the Clearburn Natural Picnic & Play Area. By the end of the month, however, all that bounty had disappeared down the throats of hungry blackbirds and thrushes enjoying a late summer feast. In folklore, the rowan was known as the Quicken Tree, and was believed to keep away witches and malevolent spirits, so New Lanark should be well protected!
Who are the mystery night-time visitors who have torn up the grass near the rowan trees? Badgers! These elusive creatures have been pushing their snouts around under the turf, seeking earthworms and grubs during the night.
Meanwhile, over in Robert Owen’s Garden, the clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is putting on a wonderful late summer show of its large dark blue flowers as it ascends to the top of the golden holly bush.
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger