Drop in today at CCI Lanark farm open session

Almost ready...state-of-the-art base at Langloch Farm, for CCI Scotland (Picture Sarah Peters)
Almost ready...state-of-the-art base at Langloch Farm, for CCI Scotland (Picture Sarah Peters)

Clydesdale Community Initiatives have moved into their new base, a farm on the outskirts of Lanark.

And now they are inviting the public to come along and find out all the activities and training they can offer.

The charity is best known for the landscaping projects it has run over the last 10 years – on prominent sites including Carluke’s Market Square, Lanark’s Wallace Garden, and the Sensory Garden at Lanark Racecourse.

It has carried out over 300 landscaping projects over the 10 years, working with adults with learning difficulties, adults with mental health issues, and young people at risk.

As managing director Niall Shannon said recently: “We are one of the most successful social enterprises in Scotland.”

Now the group has moved its operation from cramped offices in Lanark’s North Vennel to Langloch Farm off Hyndford Road, in Lanark, thanks to £1.8 million of grants.

It is has taken five years of hard work behind the scenes to secure the farm, with grants coming from the Big Lottery, European Regional Development Fund, the Robertson Trust, and the Clyde Windfarm.

There will be an official opening further down the line, but those involved want the public to see now what is happening, and everyone interested is invited along this Friday, October 23, from 10,30am to 2.30pm to see all that is going on and all that is on offer.

“The whole area just gives us so much scope, compared with where we were,” said administrator Karen Tennant.

“It is the ideal premises for us. The buildings are round a courtyard and the farmhouse is now offices, and one of the barns is now our woodcraft workshop.”

There is an IT suite and polytunnels; work has started on an outdoor classroom area, suitable for wheelchair users, and there will be a “chill” area.

Another outbuilding could eventually house catering.

“Hopefully it will be a good day,” said Karen. “There will be lots of different demonstrations to let people see what we do.”

Activities being shown will include woodwork, green woodwork, and drystane dykeing, Calendula Lip Balm Making, using wood machinery, log cabin construction, fire lighting, planter construction and composter construction. There will also be cake!

But it will also be a chance for visitors to find out how to get involved with Clydesdale Community Initiatives.

There will be information on how visitors can take part in programmes or in the training courses the charity runs for organisations such as the Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership,