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20/02/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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30/08/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , ,

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

Top 10 summer moments at New Lanark

It’s been an exciting summer for us here at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Although it was hard to choose, here are our top 10 summer moments from 2016!

 

  1. Antiques Roadshow Filming. On 28th July we welcomed the crew from the BBC and over 2,200 visitors to our site for a fantastic day of filming!

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2. Back in Time Day. On 17th July we ‘stepped back in time’ with over 700 visitors to experience life in the village in the 1820s. We even met Robert Owen!

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3. On 18th June we received a visit from Hamish the Heilan Coo Visit Scotland Van! Here he is meeting our very own ‘Hamish’ pillow.

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4. At the Royal Highland Show 2016 our award-winning New Lanark Ice Cream picked up three bronze medals!

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5. In the middle of August the Bonnington Power Station was turned off for maintenance so we were lucky enough to see the magnificent Falls in full spate!

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6. At the end of July we launched our beautiful Joules range in the New Lanark Mill Shop!

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7. Throughout June and July we hosted the free Scotstyle and Building Scotland exhibitions in the River Room.

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8. At the beginning of August Lorna Davidson passed on the baton to Scott McCauley, the new Chief Executive of New Lanark Trust!

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9. At the start of June we released a new promotional film for the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

 

10. The House History project which is linked to our Double Row Restoration Project  has been in full swing during the summer!

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After such a fantastic summer we can’t wait to see what autumn will bring! Visit our website to find out about what’s going on at New Lanark.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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

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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06/07/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , , ,

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Walkies! Dog days at the Falls of Clyde

Looking for a dog walk in Lanarkshire? The Falls of Clyde walkway at New Lanark is paw-fect! (excuse the pun)

New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village nestled in a valley beside the River Clyde in Lanarkshire. Now one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde is visited by thousands of walkers and their canine companions every year.

Now, for all the important stuff – New Lanark is located under 1 hour from Glasgow & Edinburgh beside the town of Lanark. To get here use the postcode ML11 9DB. On-site there is free parking, free toilets, lots of outdoor picnic areas as well as a large indoor café. There is also a fantastic shop, hotel and restaurant!

It’s advised that dogs are kept on a leash within New Lanark village, as this area is frequented by many visitors, residents and cars throughout the day.

The actual Falls of Clyde walk is a mostly pathed walk through forest next to the river. There are a couple of sandy beach areas at the side of the river with shallower water. Doggy towels at the ready!

This is a great article on Walkiees.co.uk which fully explains the walk.

Without further ado, here’s some fun photos to get tails wagging…

New Lanark day out ☀️💦

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🐾🌳💛 #newlanark #westie #sundays #dogwalk #bestfriend #boyfriend #fallsofclyde

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Cracking night for a walk #newlanark #boxerdog #boxersofinstagram

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Jake had a great day out in the sunshine at @newlanark !

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#newlanark #scotland #dog #goldenretriever #scenery #nofilter #photography #nikon #dslr #d5100

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New Lanark Clyde walkway…. Hallie’s new favourite playground 🐾 @willbike #lanarkshire #newlanark #scotland

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Days with my #baby #doggy #fallsofclyde #lanark #sunshine

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That wee face! #NewLanark #walkway

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Disclaimer – towels may be required!

To find out more about New Lanark and walks to the Falls of Clyde please visit the New Lanark website. Alternatively you can call us on 01555 661345 or email trust@newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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23/06/16 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , ,

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

Grand days out with the Grandchildren in Scotland

With the summer holidays fast approaching families across the country will be wondering to take the kids on a day out? Luckily for us in Scotland we have a fantastic range of attractions, parks and fun places to visit. As part of our Summer Blog programme, we’ve pulled together a list of days out in Scotland we think would be fantastic for Grandparents to take their Grandchildren. Keeping everyone happy with some nature, a bit of history & the chance to learn…and a nice hot cuppa at the end of the day!

New Lanark World Heritage Site – Visitor Centre 

First up is the Visitor Centre at New Lanark World Heritage Site. New Lanark is an 18th century cotton spinning mill village which became famous under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. In 2001 the village was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding universal value’. Today visitors can learn about the fascinating industrial heritage and social history of the village through our award-winning Visitor Centre. Attractions in the Visitor Centre include the Annie McLeod Experience Ride (which takes you back in time!), the Roof Garden, Working textile machinery (where we now produce New Lanark wool), Housing Exhibits, the School for Children and the Village Store – complete with retro sweeties! We have a range of facilities on-site including the Mill Café, outdoor picnic & play areas, WiFi in selected areas, free accessible toilets & baby change and a beautiful Mill Shop which sells a range of gifts, homeware, clothing, books, accessories and of course, New Lanark wool! For those who love the great outdoors our village is situated on the banks of the River Clyde, and is the gateway to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve which is home to the famous Falls of Clyde waterfalls. Enjoy a woodland walk to see the Falls and then return to the village to enjoy a New Lanark Ice Cream – made on site!

During the summer months we offer a programme of fun craft workshops for kids and daily guided tours of the village. To find out more about visiting please visit our website at www.newlanark.org or feel free to contact us with any enquiries at trust@newlanark.org / 01555 661345.

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Rawr! Monster on the loose… #toddlerlife #newlanark #interactivegallery #fridayfun

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Pittencrief Park 

There are three seperate play areas at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline! This public park of outstanding quality was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish born American industrialist and philanthropist. There you can also enjoy woodland trails, nature spotting, green houses and the Rubbings Trail. Don’t forget to look out for the resident peacocks!

Pittencrief Park

Photo credit: Fife Council Flickr

 

Scotland Street School Museum 

Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in the three reconstructed classrooms.

Photo credit: Glasgow Life website

Scotland Street School

Glasgow Science Centre

The Glasgow Science Centre is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the three engaging floors of the Science Mall. There’s also Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema, the Glasgow Tower and a programme of fascinating live shows.

Photo credit: Expedia

Photo credit: Expedia

David Livingstone Centre

The David Livingstone Centre is a child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstone’s explorations in Africa. The museum is set in 20 acres of parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde with woodland walks, a play park and a Nature Explorers Club that runs once a month on Saturday mornings. A shop and cafe might tempt you and these plus the grounds are free to visit.

David Livingstone Centre

Photo credit: the National Trust for Scotland website

 

With all of these great locations on your doorstep there’s more than enough to keep the grandchildren entertained this summer! If you’d like to find out more about visiting New Lanark, and our programme of tours and craft workshops over the summer please visit: www.newlanark.org, call us on 01555 661345 or email trust@newlanark.org

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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15/06/16 New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , ,

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

10 family days out in Scotland you can’t miss!

Wondering where to take the kids this summer? There are some fantastic family days out right on your doorstep – from historic New Lanark to zoos & pools!

 

1. New Lanark World Heritage Site

The historic village of New Lanark is the perfect location for a family day out this summer! There’s so much on offer you could easily spend a full day here – from exploring our award-winning Visitor Centre to enjoying a woodland walk to see the famous three ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls!

New Lanark is a cotton-spinning mill village which was founded in 1785 by David Dale & Richard Arkwright. Over 200 years later the village has been recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal significance’.

The New Lanark Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, and during the summer holidays we run a programme of craft workshops and daily guided tours. UK Tax payers can ‘GiftAid’ their Visitor Centre admission making it valid for a whole year – meaning you can visit again and again!

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Over 200 years of fascinating social history & industrial heritage. Plus the stunning Falls of Clyde!
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2. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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Image credit: Blair Drummond Facebook page

 

3. Chatelherault Country Park

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4. M&Ds Theme Park

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Image credit: M&Ds website www.scotlandsthemepark.com

 

 

5. Deep Sea World

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6. Calderglen Country Park

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7. Biggar Puppet Theatre

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8. Summerlee Industrial Museum

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9. The Time Capsule

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10. National Museum of Rural Life

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As you can see there’s a huge selection of fun days out for families to enjoy this summer! You can find out more about visiting New Lanark on our website at www.newlanark.org 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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07/06/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

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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01/06/16 New Lanark Ice Cream , New Lanark Mill Café , New Lanark Mill Shop , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden , Tours at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

10 reasons to visit New Lanark this summer

From Ice Cream to our Interactive Gallery, there are so many reasons New Lanark is the perfect location for a day out this summer!

 

1. New Lanark Ice Cream

Summer always calls for a delicious ice cream! As of May this year, the entire production process for New Lanark Ice Cream takes place in the village of New Lanark! All of the profits from New Lanark Ice Cream are returned to New Lanark Trust to reinvest in the upkeep & development of the village. So, every time you have a cone you’re contributing to keeping the village available for lots of visitors to enjoy in the future!

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Scottish ice cream is pucka 👌🏻👌🏻 #jaffacake #jammydodger #icecream #newlanark #scotland

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2. Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

After being redeveloped in September 2014, Clearburn Play & Picnic Area is a real hotspot for families at New Lanark in the summer. We even won the Hudsons Heritage ‘Best Heritage Picnic Spot UK’ in March 2016! With lots of fun play areas and picnic tables it’s the perfect setting for a picnic in the sun. Don’t miss the magical storytelling dome & willow tunnel! Entry to Clearburn is free.

People enjoying Clearburn

 

3. Woodland walk to Falls of Clyde

The village of New Lanark is located on the doorstep of the gateway to the Falls of Clyde wildlife reserve which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Take a woodland walk in the reserve to spot lots of native animals like badgers and otters, and wonder at the beauty of three magnificent waterfalls! Entry to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve is free. 

 

4. Lots of picnic areas

We’ve already mentioned Clearburn as a fantastic picnic area, but we have lots of areas at New Lanark to make the most of the nice weather! Enjoy picnics at the Waterwheel, in Robert Owen’s Garden, in the walkway down into the village and even on our Roof Garden! (see point 5)

 

5. Roof Garden

At New Lanark we have the largest Roof Garden of its kind in Scotland – at an incredible 9,000 square feet! The garden is located on the flat roof of one of our Mill buildings, and has spectacular views across the village and to the first of the Falls – Dundaff Linn. Entry to the Roof Garden is included in the price of our Visitor Centre tickets, and you can also buy a ticket just for Mill 3 which includes the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, textile floor and Roof Garden.

 

6. Interactive Gallery

We all know that sometimes summer in Scotland doesn’t mean sun! For the days when it’s a ‘bit dreich’ we have the fantastic Interactive Gallery Soft Play Area. Located in Robert Owen’s School for Children this is a treat for the senses with bright colours, sounds, shapes and textures for children to enjoy. Entry is £1.50 per child with a Visitor Centre ticket, or £3 per child without (for up to 2 hours play). Under 1’s and adults go free!

Interactive Gallery

 

7. Daily Guided Tours

For the history buffs, or just those who’d like to know more about the fascinating history of New Lanark village we will be running a Daily Guided Tour throughout the South Lanarkshire summer holidays (25th June – 14th August). What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Guided Tours are an additional £2 on top of your Visitor Centre ticket and can be booked at the New Lanark Visitor Centre Reception. Places are limited per tour. Tours leave from 2pm at Visitor Centre reception. (no tours on 17th or 28th July) 

 

8. Craft Workshops for Kids

Monster puppets, wind chimes, dinosaurs and more! These are all of the fantastic crafts children can make at our Craft Workshops running throughout the Scottish summer holidays. Workshops must be booked in advance by calling 01555 661345 (Lines open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri). Workshops are £3.50 per child or £2.00 with a Visitor Centre ticket. Running from 1-3pm in the School for Children.

Week 1 – 28, 29, 30 June – Hot Air Balloons

Week 2 – 5,6,7 July – Make your own underwater world

Week 3 – 12, 13, 14 July – Make your own Jungle/Jurassic world

Week 4 – 19, 21 July – Glass Jar Painting

No crafts on the week of Antiques Roadshow

Week 5 – 2,3,4 August – Monster puppets

Week 6 – 9,10,11 August – Wind chime making

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9. Mill Shops 

The Mill Shop offers a delightful range of gifts, homeware, Scottish produce and New Lanark Wool which is spun on-site using our historic textile machinery. From the end of July we’ll be stocking British clothing & accessories brand Joules in the Mill Shop. In the village we also have a Village Store which stocks lots of traditional ‘sweeties’, retro toys and fun souvenirs! The Mill Shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Organic Tartan range

The world’s first Organic Tartan collection – sold exclusively in the Mill Shop

10. Mill Café 

If you’ve worked up an appetite and it’s not quite picnic weather outside, then just head for the Mill Café at New Lanark! Located in an old mill floor, the Mill Café serves up a range of delicious home baking, hot lunches, tea, coffee and New Lanark Ice Cream all day. (Monday – Saturdya 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

New Lanark Mill Café

 

If all of those reasons aren’t enough, on-site we also have the New Lanark Mill Hotel, Mill One Bar & Mill One Restaurant and Wee Row Hostel. New Lanark is located less than a 5 minute’s drive from the historic Royal Burgh of Lanark. In Lanark you can visit the High Street shops, Castlebank Park, Lanark Loch and Racecourse!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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10/05/16 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

Roof Garden Diary: May 2016

New Lanark Roof Garden Diary – May 2016

What could be better after the cold spring weather than to see these bright daffodils in New Lanark Roof Garden?  They have faced rain, strong winds and even snow, which bent their heads low but they have supple stems enabling them to bounce back when conditions improve.  The tree heather is now covered in blossom in the shape of tiny white bells and the woolly willow is beginning to show its fluffy yellow catkins.  Rising temperatures have brought the swallows back – watch them diving low through the fountain!

“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)

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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