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19/01/15 CAVLP , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , ,

Celebrating a Unique Landscape in the Clyde and Avon Valleys

We’re very happy to welcome Sarah from our partner organisation, The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership to write a guest post for our blog…

New Lanark World Heritage Site is the most spectacular place I’ve worked in. I could never tire of the sight of the rooftops (blanketed in snow as I type) as I descend the hill in the morning and the powerful flow of the rusty coloured Clyde from our office window in the Old School.

Birds Eye of New Lanark

And that’s what my job as Communications Support at the Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is all about- celebrating the amazing landscape and heritage that make the Clyde and Avon Valleys unique.

New Lanark World Heritage Site is just one of our 10 partners that we work with to deliver 68 different environmental, cultural and historical projects across the Clyde and Avon valleys- distinct through their unmistakeable patchwork of ancient woodlands, gorges, country estates, orchards and market gardening heritage, farmland and industry.

Mauldslie Estate

Projects range from undertaking essential woodland management that look after the area’s rich biodiversity to researching and recording designed landscapes, exhibitions and events.

Here at New Lanark a number of projects have already been completed. Offering something for everyone, these have included woodland pathway restoration, landscape art courses and the creation of Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site.

Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy the re-instated pathways that criss-cross the woodland overlooking New Lanark. In the 19th century, Robert Owen laid out these pathways for the benefit of the mill-workers which eventually became overgrown and impassable through years of neglect. Now walkers can once again enjoy walks taking in the stunning views down on to the mill complex and the Clyde, just as they were intended.

woodland paths

Those with an interest in the arts were also able to enjoy a talk on the History of Art in the Clyde Valley by Jane Masters, Heritage Manager at New Lanark in Autumn 2013. Following in the footsteps of famous artists such as Alexander Naysmyth and J.M.W. Turner, local artist Veronica Liddell then guided 11 budding artistes in a Landscape Painting Course, using Dundaff Linn as inspiration.

For the more playfully inclined, Clearburn Natural Play and Picnic Site at New Lanark offers far more than a traditional playpark. Opened last Autumn, swings and roundabouts have been omitted in favour of burns and fire pits, and it’s been a joy watching muddy but happy children enjoy the site and surrounding woodland, even through the bleak winter weather.

Lanark Primary School

And there’s plenty more to come, funding dependent. An Art Sculpture Trail featuring artworks will tell stories from local folklore to history and nature of the area, leading from Castlebank Park through New Lanark to the Falls of Clyde, offering new ways to enjoy the landscape. North Lodge Bridge, which once housed a lodge where 19th century visitors would buy tickets to visit the Falls of Clyde, will also be restored as an important access point for visitors to New Lanark and the neighbouring Falls of Clyde.

And that’s just a taster of the variety of projects that are part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. Check out www.clydeandavonvalley.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for further information on projects, partners, training and volunteering opportunities as well as events.

Sarah – New Lanark Guest blogger (Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership)

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03/12/14 Roof Garden # , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: December 2014

Roof Garden Diary: December 2014

The autumn has been mild with the first frosts arriving only at the start of December. By this time in 2012, the fountain was frozen over and New Lanark Roof Garden coated in white frost. This year, however, the little reindeer are still able to nibble the grass and drink from the flowing fountain!

The darker nights bring stars, so keep an eye on our website towards the end of the year for details of our Stargazing Live event on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015. December is a good month to see meteor showers wherever you are. The Geminid shower is due on 13-14th December and is expected to peak at 120 meteors per hour. Look out also for the Ursid shower around 22 and 23 December. A good time to look is just after dusk.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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23/05/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden diary update – May 2012

Blushing tulip close up on Roof Garden

Blushing tulip close up on Roof Garden

“In May the pleasant spray upsprings / In May the mirthful mavis sings”. These rhythmic lines from Alexander Scott’s joyful poem about May were written in Edinburgh in the 16th century, but could be describing New Lanark Roof Garden today! The hornbeam hedges are sporting fresh green leaves, the elder blossom is coming out, the woolly willow is covered in furry catkins and the tulips are blooming. From the surrounding countryside arise the notes of the mavis (song thrush) and other birdsong. The swallows are back, swooping low to catch insects in the valley. Also remember – our Midsummer on the Roof Garden Event takes place next month – visit www.newlanark.org for details.

In flower in May: Kerria Japonica, tulips ‘Spring Green’ and ‘Blushing Bride’, elder, winter creeper (Euonymus) ‘Emerald Gaiety’, woolly willow (Salix lanata).

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20/04/12 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Roof Garden , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , , , ,

Roof Garden diary update – April 2012

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Winter may be back, but the soaring temperatures in the last week of March brought the first bumblebee and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly into New Lanark Roof Garden. Luckily there was a stray dandelion flower to provide much-needed nectar! The shrubs are now unfurling new leaves and there are hints of blossom beginning. In the case of Pieris, the emerging foliage is an eye-catching red colour. Throughout April, different varieties of daffodil will be in bloom, e.g. ‘Doctor Hugh’, with clear white petals and a rich orange cup in the centre. The lovely Narcissus ‘Lemon Beauty’ is scented and its central cup is split and streaked with yellow. So, make a cheering Spring visit to New Lanark Roof Garden! Click here for details of all our events. In flower April 2012 – Kerria Japonica, Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ (Mock Orange), Daffodil varieties: ‘Lemon Beauty’, ‘Doctor Hugh’ and ‘Pueblo’.

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06/03/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre , Roof Garden # ,

Roof Garden diary update – March 2012

Daffodil on the Roof Garden

Daffodil on the Roof Garden

March 2012 –
Spring-flowering bulbs are always a welcome sight after winter. The snowdrops are already fading, but February’s mild weather brought the first daffodils (Narcissus) slightly earlier than last year. The sturdy ‘Rynvelds Early Sensation’ glows with vibrant yellow trumpets surrounded by paler creamy yellow petals. Different varieties will appear in the weeks ahead. This is also the best time to see the animal and bird sculptures around New Lanark Roof Garden before the vegetation grows up and conceals them. Made by local artists from recycled materials, all the sculptures represent creatures that live in the surrounding countryside, e.g. frogs, otters, owls, crows, badgers and hares. Come and see who will be hiding in New Lanark Roof Garden at Easter! Click here for details of our spring activities.
In flower in March – Daffodils

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21/02/12 New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden diary update – Feb 2012

New Lanark Snowdrop

New Lanark Snowdrop

February 2012 – After the darkest days of winter, the first snowdrops are a welcome sight in New Lanark Roof Garden, quivering gently in the breeze beneath the hornbeam hedging. They usually last until March. The lovely evergreen, Mahonia x media ‘Charity’, has plenty of buds promising spikes of yellow flowers.

As spring approaches, photosynthesis will gather pace. It is the miraculous process by which green plants weave sunlight together with water and carbon dioxide to make the carbohydrates and starches that form the basic food supply for all living things. Scientists still do not fully understand how it works. In the BBC 4 television programme, ‘Botany: a Blooming History’, Timothy Walker explained that scientists are trying to mimic photosynthesis in the lab, with the aim of creating new kinds of clean fuels. The plant world is truly amazing – so visit New Lanark Roof Garden and be inspired!
In flower in February – Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).

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12/12/11 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Roof Garden # ,

New Lanark Roof Garden in winter

New Lanark Roof garden in winter

Reindeer on the Roof Garden in winter

The robin is still around, feeding up to survive the winter and so that it will be fit to find a mate when Spring arrives. A magic spell has been cast over New Lanark Roof Garden this month! Some bright little reindeer have flown into the ‘Garden in the Sky’ and the roof garden elves have strung up tiny sparkling lights over the evergreen box balls and the yew hedging! The shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, is on 22 December, after which the light starts to return, imperceptibly at first. Eventually the increasing daylight and rising temperatures will stir the plant world back to life.

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01/11/11 New Lanark World Heritage Site , SWT Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve # , ,

A visit to New Lanark in autumn

Walker and wildlife fanatic Jane visited New Lanark on a stunning autumn day… read about all about her day on her blog.

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New Lanark World Heritage Site Aerial View

New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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