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New Lanark Garden Diary – October 2016

New Lanark Garden Diary – October 2016

Instead of the Roof Garden, this month’s diary is from another of New Lanark’s garden spaces, the War Memorial Garden, situated at the foot of the hill just at the entrance to the village.  The planting here includes several buddleia shrubs of the variety called ‘Peace’ with lovely arching spikes of white flowers.  The warm sunshine at the start of October attracted a large number of late summer butterflies seeking out nectar in the buddleia flowers.   The photograph shows several Small Tortoiseshells eagerly feeding before they go into hibernation for the winter.  As their numbers have been declining generally, this was an extra welcome and encouraging sight!

The New Lanark War Memorial is dedicated to soldiers from New Lanark who fought in the first World War. You can find out more about their stories in our semi-permanent exhibition ‘New Lanark and the First World War’.

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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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31/08/16 New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

Amazing Autumn days out in Lanarkshire

You may not want to believe it but summer is slowly leaving us and we are entering the golden, enchanting time of year… autumn. There is plenty to see and do in the local area to make the most of this beautiful time of year!

New Lanark World Heritage Site

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Visitor Centre 

As the colder weather begins to set in, there is no better reason to spend the day inside our Visitor Centre. Enjoy an experience on the Annie McLeod Ride, take a wander over to Robert Owen’s house and discover what life was like for the people of his time.

Mill Shop & Mill Cafe

Re-fuel yourself after walking around the village and get in from the brisk weather for a cup of tea and a homemade scone from our Mill Cafe. The Mill Shop will be launching new loyalty cards in September, keep an eye out for them!

Autumnal Walk to the Falls of the Clyde

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

Photo Credit: Jane Crawford

The Falls of the Clyde always produce beautiful views, no matter what time of year. Whether the sun is beaming down reflecting onto The Falls or if rain is lashing itself into The Falls, creating a wild, dangerous flow. However, there is something special about Autumn. Autumn can be ever so peaceful, when the leaves are turning golden brown and each falling leaf brings us one step closer to Winter. Take a walk up to The Falls of the Clyde and witness the sheer beauty New Lanark has to offer with the surrounding landscape.

October Week Guided Tours 

During the October Week (17th – 23rd October) New Lanark will be providing guided tours of the village which will allow visitors to get an insight of New Lanark’s history. For example, find out how Robert Owen and David Dale are related, or why the mill workers didn’t wear shoes…

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

Photo credit: Mark Archibald

 

 

New Lanark Mill Hotel

New Lanark Knitting Day!

Due to previous success, we are hosting another Knitting Day in the Mill Shop on Saturday 29th October from 12-4 pm. Come on down to knit, socialise and share tips with other knitting enthusiasts.

There is plenty to get up to in New Lanark this Autumn, visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and keep yourself busy!

 

New Lanark World Heritage Site is not the only attraction to keep you busy throughout Autumn, here are some other local attractions in Lanarkshire.

Biggar Museum 

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Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

If you are planning a day out in Lanarkshire, Biggar Museum should be on your list. You can find rich archaeological, social and historic heritage inside the Museum. The museum focuses on 14,000 years of rural and small town life in Upper Clydesdale. Biggar Museum can be found at the top of Biggar High Street, head over to see what historic value they have to offer!

Craignethan Castle

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Photo Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Another attraction to keep you busy during Autumn is a visit to Craignethan Castle. Enjoy a day out to the castle and see the unusual defences of this artillery fort built in the 1530’s. Not only can you admire the castle itself and all the history that comes with it, but you can also treasure the woodland view surrounding it. The Autumn views along with the historic culture will make for a brilliant day out!

Carmichael Visitor Centre

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Photo Credit: Carmichael.co.uk

Carmichael Visitor Centre have former Edinburgh Wax Model Collection on offer which depicts Scotland’s Millennium from Queen Margaret to present day. The wax models create a realistic feel to what life was like back in Queen Margaret’s time and throughout to Macbeth.

The Antonine Wall

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

Photo Credit: antoninewall.com

If you are into Roman history, visit The Antonine Wall this Autumn to enjoy the rich history they have to offer. You will be able to see the remarkable impact the wall has had on the landscape. Even if you are not into Roman history as such you can still admire the beautiful landscape and enjoy the walking trails. You can also visit The Falkirk Wheel by boat from The Antonine Wall. Check out their Big Roman Week this September!

Be sure to visit New Lanark World Heritage Site and other local attractions this Autumn!

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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03/12/15 CAVLP # , , , , ,

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, www.facebook.com/ClydeandAvonValleyLandscapePartnership

For full information on the competition, visit www.clydeandavonvalley.com/news 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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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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Ted’s October at New Lanark

Ted’s October at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of October now – where has this year gone? We’ve been really busy at New Lanark with our Book Festival, the October week and getting all set for our Spook-tacular Halloween events!

Like I said, we kicked off the month with the first ever ‘New Lanark Book Festival’ with lots of author sessions for adults and children to enjoy! Here’s a photo of my helping out author Chae Strathie (who used to live in New Lanark!)  at his Book Festival session.

Chae Strathie at the New Lanark Book Festival

Once upon a time…

 

We had great weather here at New Lanark over the October Week! The site was busy with lots of people enjoying walks to the Falls of Clyde and taking part in our Daily Tours and Autumn Craft Workshops!

New Lanark Roof Garden

Enjoying the autumn sun on the New Lanark Roof Garden

 

Next Friday (30th October) Nancy Mangum McCaslin from New Harmony in Indiana will be giving a free talk at New Lanark! She’ll be discussing Robert Owen and his family in New Harmony, with a focus on Jane Blaffer Owen CBE – the wife of Kenneth Dale Owen, Robert Owen’s great-great- grandson.

Robert Owen's House at New Lanark

Reading about New Harmony in Robert Owen’s House

 

I’m getting so excited for my first Halloween at New Lanark! On Saturday 31st October we’re hosting a fun day of crafts, games and storytelling in the ‘old gift shop’ at New Lanark which will be transformed into a spooky cellar for the day. Entry is just £3 per child and you can get in free with a New Lanark Visitor Centre ticket! At nighttime there will be Spooky Tours of New Lanark Village, but these have been really popular and are almost all sold out!

Halloween Ted

Is there something on my face? I feel like there’s something on my face!

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to in October! As November rolls around we’ll be getting ready for our Christmas Experience at New Lanark which opens on Saturday 28th November!

I’ll hopefully see you soon 🙂

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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12/10/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , , , , ,

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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24/09/15 CAVLP # , , , , ,

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate 100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle at Fruit Day

Celebrate the Clyde Valley orchards and local produce for free at the 6th annual Fruit Day on Saturday 3 October at Overton Farm, Crossford between 9am and 1.30pm.

Enjoy fresh local produce from Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market alongside the local food demo tent, live music, food and craft stalls, woodturning, a variety of children’s activities and an orchard themed Scarecrow Competition.

This year’s Fruit Day will also see the launch of Clyde Valley Apple Juice – grown, processed and bottled locally by the newly formed Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd. Once again local apple juice is being produced for sale drawing on a long tradition of fruit growing and market gardening in the Clyde Valley, once known as the Fruit Basket of Scotland. Demonstration pressings will be taking place throughout the day, letting visitors see the whole apple to bottle process.

Celebrating ‘100 Years of Orchard History in a Bottle’ the group are encouraging orchard owners to make any excess apple crops available for pressing. All money raised through sales will be put back into Clyde Valley community initiatives.

“Fruit Day is also an opportunity for people to find out more about the history of the Valley,” explains Chair of the Cooperative Cheryl Osbourne. “This year we are launching our branded Clyde Valley Apple Juice. We have been working towards this for a while and are delighted to now be able to offer our new locally grown and produced juice for sale.”

Orchards are an important part of our local heritage and in their heyday in the 19th century the Clyde Valley was Scotland’s leading commercial fruit producing area. The orchards are a beautiful feature of our landscape and provide an important resource at a time when local produce is starting to be valued by consumers. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is promoting the restoration of the orchards and have supported the planting of almost 700 new apple, plum and pear trees over the last two years.

Entries to this year’s Annual Scarecrow Competition are invited on the theme of orchards, in keeping with the launch of the local juice. The competition is open to all families, nurseries and primary schools and they are encouraged to take inspiration from types of tree, blossom, fruit or biodiversity in the orchards.

A free class trip to Overton Farm is just one of the fantastic prizes to be one which are being sponsored by the Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected].

Maggie Young from Overton Farm said, “We are delighted to be able to host the event for the 6th year. This year’s Fruit Day will again see a wide range of stalls, apple pressing, displays and information with something to interest to all the family. The Strathaven Jazz Band will have us dancing round the stalls and there’ll be loads of extra fun for the kids.”

There will be cookery demonstrations using local food and an opportunity to sample some special healthy recipes. Strathclyde Woodturners will be offering children the opportunity of ‘turning their own toy’ from local wood and ‘kids’ of all ages can also make their own bird feeders with the RSPB Scotland or self-power their own healthy drink with CAVLP on a smoothie bike.

Fruit Day is being organised by the Rural Development Trust, Clyde Valley Orchards Cooperative Ltd., Lanarkshire Farmers’ Market and Overton Farm. It is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership and the Scottish Government Community Food Fund.

For more information on the Fruit Day please contact Chris or Cheryl on 01555 665064 or email [email protected]

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23/09/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Ted’s September at New Lanark

Ted’s September at New Lanark

Hello everyone!

Ted here again to let you know what I’ve been up to at New Lanark this September. After I came back my holidays (in Bar-bear-dos) I was straight back to work at New Lanark’s Doors Open Weekend! We had lots of people come down to the site over the weekend to explore buildings in New Lanark not usually open to the public. You’ll never guess who was there too – David Dale and Richard Arkwright had travelled forward in time from the 1800’s to give free tours to visitors! Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, so you can visit their website to find out about more events across Scotland. 

Ted at Doors Open Weekend

Evelyn and I working hard at Doors Open Weekend!

 

As of yesterday (Wednesday 23rd September) it’s now officially Autumn! It’s one of my favourite seasons here at New Lanark, you really don’t want to miss visiting here and seeing all the beautiful colours – just like Alan Knox has captured in this amazing photograph of the Falls of Clyde! From the New Lanark Book Festival, to fun kids craft workshops during the October break there’s lots going on here this Autumn. Just visit our website to read all about it! 

Autumn at New Lanark

Autumn is here!

 

As I mentioned New Lanark is hosting its very own Book Festival at the start of October! From Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th over 20 brilliant authors will be speaking at the event on loads of interesting topics like Scottish History, Textiles, Scottish food (mmmm) & Scotch Whisky! Well-known authors like Christopher Brookmyre and James Robertson will be taking to the stage, along with up-and-coming novelists like Jonathan Whitelaw and Mandy Haggith. You can view the full list of author sessions here and get your tickets here!

Ted in bookshelfs

I’m a bit of a bookworm, don’t you know…

 

The Schools in South Lanarkshire will be taking a break from 25th – 28th September, and we’ll be running Daily Tours at New Lanark on each of these days at 2pm. It’s included in a Visitor Centre ticket, and will give you the chance to find out lots more about the fascinating history of New Lanark.

Last but not least, New Lanark will be hosting our very own Halloween Spook-tacular event on Saturday 31st October with creepy crafts, storytelling & spooky night time tours! Come along if you dare 🙂

Ted – 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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