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19/08/16 CAVLP # , , ,

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

FREE Woodland family fun for award-winning play area

Families are being invited to join in with FREE celebrations for award-winning Clearburn Natural Play Area’s Second Birthday Bash at New Lanark World Heritage Site, on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

The FREE family drop-in sessions will include a variety of woodland themed fun and games, including ‘Fab Foraging’ woodland scavenger hunt with Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde, Woodland-Walk Storytelling with Mr Fox and Bunny Foo Foo from Storyteller Allison Galbraith and woodland crafts from local artist Shirley Marzella.

No birthday celebration would be complete without balloons and cake – fairy cakes will be available for the first families who turn up on the day.

Clearburn Natural Play Area, comprised of adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome and stage, a burn, a secret hideaway tree house, campfire and bug hotels amongst other features, was created in the heart of New Lanark World Heritage Site in September 2014 as a Big Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) funded project.

“In two years, Clearburn has become an important part of the local community,” says Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark Trust. She continues: “It is used extensively by local schools, nurseries and families, as well as visitors to New Lanark. People can always be found playing in Clearburn – it’s a testament to the fantastic design of the space which incorporates natural areas as well as built structures.”

The design of the play space was led by children from New Lanark Primary School, Robert Owen Memorial Primary School and Lanark Primary School, with involvement from 60 members of the local community, from the initial consultations right through to implementation. The names of school children involved in the projects were carved into a bench beside the willow tunnel so that their contributions will be remembered for years to come.

Since opening, the play area has scooped three prestigious awards; ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards (2016), ‘Commendation for a Community Play Space within a National Tourist Attraction’ Nancy Ovens Play Award (2015) and ‘High Commendation’ in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place’ Awards (2015).

Clearburn Natural Play Area is part of a wider initiative in the Clyde and Avon Valley focussing on wild play and connecting families with nature, such as the Growing Up Wild play sessions at RSPB Baron’s Haugh, Mauldslie Woodlands and Lesmahagow during the summer holidays.

Karen Dobbins, CAVLP Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the celebrations with New Lanark Trust. A key focus for a number of CAVLP projects is to create opportunities for natural play and Clearburn is a fantastic asset to the area.”

She continues: “Surrounded by woodland and with the Clear burn itself flowing through the play area, it allows safe access for children to ‘play wild’ and explore the natural environment. It really is something to celebrate.”

The Clearburn second birthday bash is a FREE, family drop-in event on Saturday 10 September, 1 – 3pm.

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10/04/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Ted’s April at New Lanark

Hi there, do you notice anything different? It might just be my amazing new outfit! In my last blog I was looking through all of the entries from the Dress Ted competition we ran with New Lanark Primary School. It was really hard to pick the winner, but in the end P7 pupil Kiera Lee Donaghy’s design caught my eye! Using New Lanark wool shades like Sky, Clementine and Copper Blue I thought it was perfect looking for spring – and the cap will help to keep the sun out of my eyes. Janice from the New Lanark Visitor Centre very kindly then knitted up Kiera’s design into my new outfit. I’ll have to get a wardrobe soon to keep them all in! Take a look at Kiera’s great design and the runners up from the rest of the school classes.

 

Dress Ted winners

Dress Ted winners

I showcased my new outfit at the New Lanark Easter Egg-Stravaganza last weekend. What an amazing couple of days! I met up with my old pal the Easter Bunny and we had a great day meeting hundreds of families who were down at New Lanark enjoying the sunshine and all of the fun Easter activities. Did you go along? We’d love to know if you enjoyed yourselves, you can tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey.

Ted at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza

On Wednesday 8th April I went down to Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Area to catch up with the folks from Clydesdale Community Initiatives who were running free nature workshops for families. Everyone was really busy working on the bug hotel, wild flower seed sowing , pot seed sowing, willow weaving and general maintenance – all to keep Clearburn nice and tidy and get it ready for the summer months!

Ted at New Lanark

Taking a seat in the Willow Dome…

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Clearing out Clearburn river!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Sowing seeds!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Check into the Bug Hotel!

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Trying out some willow weaving

 

Clearburn nature workshops

Keeping the pathway tidy!

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are running more workshops at Clearburn in the summer, here’s all the details:

 

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 3rd June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Learn about plant anatomy and wild flower ID workshop plus tidy up for summer. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

Clearburn nature workshop – Clydesdale Community Initiatives
Wednesday 24th June
10.30am – 12pm and 1.00pm-2.30pm
Workshop including wild flower foray and maintenance. (reccommended age 16+)
Places are limited, to book please call 01555 661345 or email [email protected]

 

After getting my nature fill at Clearburn I popped into the new Homecoming exhibition in Robert Owen’s School for Children which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. This really interesting exhibition explores the lives of the families who have lived and worked at New Lanark for generations. From owners including David Dale and Robert Owen to villagers and millworkers, it traces family histories and connections formed throughout the world. I wonder if they can trace my teddy bear ancestors?

Ted at New Lanark's Homecoming exhibition

Later on this month I’m looking forward to the Robert Owen Commemoration Lecture on Friday 24th April. This year Docey Lewis is speaking at it, she’s a direct descendant of Robert Owen! Docey is a textile designer, and she’ll be talking about developing the Full Circle programme – a community development and social enterprise project in the mountains of Nepal which uses 17th and 18th century weaving and spinning skills for 21st century projects! Tickets for the talk are £4 and you can buy them here, call 01555 661345 or buy them at the door.

I’ve got a grumble in my tummy thinking about all of the tasty treats that will be on sale at the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May. This year’s event is going to be better than ever as we’re celebrating Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with lots of local produce, crafters, gifts and of course – New Lanark wool and textiles. The fair is open 10am-4pm and entry is free, so I’ll see you there!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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