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Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

Roof Garden Diary: April 2016

The star of these damp April days in New Lanark Roof Garden is the tree heather (Erica arborea var.  alpina).  Unlike low-growing heathers, this shrub can grow up to two metres.  It has beautiful upswept evergreen branches covered in tiny flowers that show pink at first before opening into clusters of exquisite miniature white bells.  On the other side of the garden, a newly planted Buddleia shrub has taken root in spite of suffering a blast of hard frost early on.  During blinks of sunshine, a few blue anemones open their lovely star-shaped flowers.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)
 

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31/03/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , ,

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

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Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

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Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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08/03/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: March 2016

Roof Garden Diary: March 2016

At first sight not much seems to be happening in New Lanark Roof Garden this month. Look closer, however,  and you will see the first tentative flowers of Spring appearing in spite of the wild and changeable weather. A few snowdrops are quivering under the hornbeam hedging, and some early daffodils have big buds full of the promise of the yellow trumpets to come.  The tree heather shrub creates  a vigorous splash of green  covered in tiny pink bell-like flowers, and there are buds waiting to burst on the Woolly Willow.

Click here to find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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05/02/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: February 2016

Roof Garden Diary: February 2016

Dark storm clouds have been hanging over New Lanark Roof Garden for the past few weeks.  However, a welcome blink of winter sunshine at the start of February showed off the evergreens  and  lit up the houses at Braxfield Row in the distance.   Another highlight was a visit from a blackbird that sat for a while on the perimeter wall before hopping down to forage in one of the flowerbeds.

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Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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12/01/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Normally the green spears of snowdrops are peeping through by now but this year there is no sign of them in New Lanark Roof Garden!  Probably the heavy rain and unusually warm temperatures throughout December don’t suit these winter beauties.  However, a rainy day is the perfect time to visit the Roof Garden mosaic — go through the glass door into the attic space next to the lift.  The mosaic design includes the woodpecker shown in the photograph.  Soon the sound of real woodpeckers drumming at dawn on hollow tree trunks will be echoing through the surrounding woodland.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)

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08/12/15 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

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 www.newlanark.org.  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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10/11/15 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

A cool  wet  summer  followed  by  a warm,  settled  spell in September and October  resulted in a beautiful display of autumn colour in and around New Lanark Roof Garden.   The woodlands on the hillside overlooking   the  village  were  originally planted in the early 19th century by New Lanark’s pioneering mill manager, Robert Owen, so that his millworkers could enjoy walks in the fresh air in an attractive natural environment.   New Lanark Roof Garden offers a great view of the trees, and this autumn they provided a splendid backdrop in russet and gold!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Autumn is always a colourful time in New Lanark Roof Garden!  The highlight this month is surely the curved border with its riot of beautiful anemones glowing pink and purple in the slanting sunlight.  These plants are real toughies that can stand up well to Scotland’s climate.  The swallows have now disappeared to spend winter in Africa, but the autumn song of the robin trills out from the trees in the village below, and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly made an appearance in the warm spell at the start of the month.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden this Autumn. 

Liz – 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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10/08/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

A very wet July has meant that the ‘wrong’ plants and all the  weeds  are  growing  luxuriantly in New Lanark Roof Garden!   Many plants are well behind their usual flowering season.

The shrub, Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, is now covered in scented white flowers that normally would appear in June or early July.

Meadowsweet is enjoying the damp conditions,  its frothy white plumes giving off a scent of summer .

In the past,  meadowsweet  was used as a strewing herb  spread  over  the  floor  as a natural air freshener  – perhaps even in the Millworkers’ Houses at New Lanark as it grows naturally along the banks of the Clyde.

Find out more about visiting New Lanark & the Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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