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New Lanark Gardens Diary – March 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – March 2017

Signs of Spring are everywhere around at New Lanark now.  A few snowdrops have braved the cold to flower by the path along the Mill Lade, and the first bright yellow daffodils are in bloom in the Roof Garden.  The River Clyde has been running high, creating magnificent waterfalls at Cora Linn and Bonnington Linn further upstream.  The weather may be improving but it is deceptive.  Be prepared for ‘The Teuchit Storm’, an old name for a spell of wet and windy weather that was once thought to occur in late March about the time that the ‘teuchit’ or lapwing starts nesting in the fields upriver!

You can enjoy an early Spring visit to New Lanark with Buy One Get One Free on tickets until the end of March 2017. Click here to download your voucher!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Snowdrops on the New Lanark Roof Garden

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07/02/17 Roof Garden # , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary – February 2017

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…

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05/01/17 Roof Garden # , , , ,

New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

New Lanark Gardens Diary: January 2017

Welcome to the first New Lanark Gardens Diary of 2017!

Up until about 100 years ago in Scotland, the first Monday in the new year was known as Handsel Monday and this was the day on which people exchanged presents. The First Statistical Account tells us that it was a day ‘for recreation and merry-making’.   The word ‘handsel’ meant to put a gift in someone’s hand and could also mean to inaugurate or start something new.  The first photo for New Lanark Gardens Diary 2017 shows  the houses at Caithness Row in low-angled sunlight with birch trees in the foreground  and a crisp frost on the grass. Very best wishes for 2017 to all our readers, guests and visitors!

2017 also happens to be Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. You can find out more about how you can be involved in this exciting year at New Lanark by visiting our website.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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08/12/16 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary: December 2016

In our monthly Garden Diary Liz lets us know what’s happening in the world of nature at New Lanark…

Winter has begun bringing with it some frosty spells.  These transformed the trees across the Clyde at New Lanark into a sparkling Christmas card scene with curtains of icicles hanging from the rocks.

The bare branches of the trees made a delicate white tracery against the background of darker evergreens further up the bank.   This was the perfect setting for the start of New Lanark’s Christmas at the Mills event – tickets are still available for the weekends and 23 and 24 December by booking online at www.newlanark.org.   Come and have some fun following the Rudolph Trail!  See if you can find his little wooden house and discover what he likes to do there!

Here are some more photos from our frosty spell at New Lanark…

Winter woods at New Lanark

Frosty grass at New Lanark

Frozen leaves at New Lanark

Winter Falls of Clyde at New Lanark

Winter river at New Lanark

Winter in Robert Owen's Garden at New Lanark

The Bell Tower at New Lanark

Frozen ice crystals at New Lanark

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this Christmas!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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03/11/16 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary – November 2016

On 2 November after a frosty start to the day, the stonework of the houses at New Lanark’s Long Row was glowing in the early afternoon sunshine.  Above the Row, the trees are holding on to their leaves in all their glorious autumn colours while crows  wheel  in the clear air overhead.   On the right of the photo is one of the lime trees originally planted by Robert Owen about 1800 when he laid out the paths above the village so that his millworkers could take exercise and enjoy some fresh air after a hard day in the cotton mills.  If you come and visit, you can still enjoy that today!

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Visit New Lanark during one of our Christmas Events weekends and you can also enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto, Spirit of Christmas Ride and even a festive pantomime! Click here to find out more and book your tickets. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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15/09/16 Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: September 2016

Roof Garden Diary: September 2016

Many thanks to the stalwart team of volunteers from Portakabin who turned up in New Lanark Roof Garden on a wet August day and enthusiastically set about clearing away most of the invasive burnet plant (Sanguisorba officinalis) that was spoiling the garden!   As a result of their efforts, we will now be able to plant some new bulbs in the cleared areas.  Burnet is an attractive plant with tall thin stems, but it is very invasive! If you want to grow it in your garden, the key is to choose a garden variety that doesn’t set seed.

Portakabin volunteers on the New Lanark Roof Garden

Portakabin staff volunteering on the New Lanark Roof Garden

For New Lanark Roof Garden, we now plan to put in allium and daffodil bulbs to give a springtime display.  Daffodils are always cheerful after winter and alliums with their big spherical heads give height and structure, and are also good for early bees and butterflies.

To find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden please visit the New Lanark website. 

Purple aneomone with hoverfly on the New Lanark Roof Garden

Purple aneomone with hoverfly

 Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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26/08/16 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire filming at New Lanark

Visit Lanarkshire would struggle to chose a better day to film down here at New Lanark than yesterday!(24/08/2016) The sun was shining whilst the Falls of the Clyde generated a cool, refreshing breeze… perfect conditions for filming!

A team of 8 from film production company Seventh Crow came down to New Lanark yesterday on behalf of Visit Lanarkshire to film part of a series of promotional films for great days out in North and South Lanarkshire. We were able to watch from behind the scenes of the filming and have a glimpse of what it is like to be part of the film crew. Two locations where used in New Lanark: the Roof Garden and the steps at the beginning of the walk to the Falls of the Clyde. New Lanark are honoured to be a chosen location by Visit Lanarkshire for the filming.

The filming on the Roof Garden was of a lady relaxing reading through a book in the sunshine, whilst she wore a distinctively large hat.

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The second location was the actor walking up to the Falls of the Clyde. As you can see below the actor walking beside the Clyde as the film crew follow with precision. Both sides had to be temporarily closed off to avoid any interruptions.

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I was able to speak to the crew and the actor who were telling me that it is great to get out to places like New Lanark as not all of them had been before. They named other locations in North and South Lanarkshire that they were going to film, one of them being Chatelherault!

Visit Lanarkshire expect to have their filming submitted by late September, therefore, the film will hopefully be online by October! We really enjoyed having Visit Lanarkshire here at New Lanark and are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

If you are interesting in undertaking professional filming or photography at New Lanark please email [email protected] and we’d be delighted to discuss your requirements.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

The swallow chicks in the nest under the Roof Garden viewing platform fledged successfully in the last week of July.   These baby swallows represent the sixth generation of their kind to be born and raised in New Lanark Roof Garden.  The Scottish Wildlife Trust identified them as swallows (as opposed to martins or swifts) from the reddish-russet colouring on their throats.  An amazing characteristic of these beautiful birds is their ability to feed while on the wing.  As they swoop through the air, they hoover up hundreds of midges so they are definitely our friends!  Soon even the young ones will be migrating many miles south to Africa for the winter, and with luck will return next spring as soon as the weather begins to warm up again.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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01/07/16 Roof Garden

Roof Garden Diary: July 2016

Roof Garden Diary: July 2016

The tall burnet plant (Sanguisorba) has become very invasive in New Lanark Roof Garden so work has started on removing it from the areas where it is choking the other plants.  Additions to the planting this month include the pink-purple clematis ‘Dr Ruppel’ positioned where it can climb over the bare branches of a dead elder shrub.  And a new agapanthus ‘Charlotte’ adds a splash of blue with its large clusters of star-shaped flowers.  Along with some lupins and salvia, these flowers should provide extra nectar for the bees that are already enjoying the flat sheets of purple thyme in the troughs.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary – June 2016

Roof Garden Diary – June 2016

Now, after a long cold  Spring, we have a heatwave!  The stars of New Lanark Roof Garden this month are surely the geraniums.  These sturdy plants can cope with most conditions and they bring a mass of gentle pink to the summer garden.  And there is a lot more to look forward to!  The shrubs and other plants will soon be in bloom and we hope butterflies will visit, perhaps even the Painted Lady species from Africa that has already been spotted in the south of England.

“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)

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

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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