Stuart the Educational Gardener will lead the group in a range of gardening activities to help keep Castlebank Park looking its best. Families will also be able to take home tips about developing their own garden and growing their own produce at home.
There are many benefits to spending time outdoors with children, especially gardening which can bring a number of mental and physical health benefits:
• Gardening engages all of the senses.
• Gardening encourages healthy eating.
• Gardening enhances fine motor development.
• Gardening introduces kids to scientific concepts.
• Gardening fosters family bonding.
• Gardening teaches responsibility.
• Gardening helps learn to plan and organise.
• Gardening creates environmental stewards.
• Gardening develops math skills.
• Gardening teaches patience.
The Family Gardening Club will run on set Fridays in July (5th, 12th, 19th) & in August (2nd, 9th) from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All ages and family/guardian groups welcome. Children must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. Free of charge - any donations to the ongoing regeneration of the park by volunteers are welcome. The meeting point is Castlebank Horticultural Centre, St Patrick's Road, Lanark, ML11 9EG. (Other information: Wear suitable outdoor clothing and outdoor shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided. Tea, coffee, diluting juice and biscuits will be provided.)
To register for the Family Gardening Club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01555 728 329.
Castlebank Horticultural Centre is managed and operated by Lanark Community Development Trust. The development of the centre has been funded by LEADER, the Renewable Energy Fund and the Climate Challenge Fund. Proceeds from the hire of the centre, workshops, events and produce sales are returned to the Development Trust to continue the project of rejuvenating and maintaining the gardens of Castlebank Park for the local community to enjoy, with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. Now that the centre is up and running, a range of horticultural training opportunities, courses, workshops and community activities will be on offer.
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