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Lanark groups partner up to restore native woodlands

Castlebank Skills Exchange

Stuart, the Educational Gardener at Castlebank with Scott from SKills Exchange SCIO at the entrance to Castlebank Horticultural Centre.

Two local organisations, Skills Exchange SCIO and Lanark Community Development Trust have partnered to deliver an exciting new woodland restoration project at Castlebank Park. The project will develop the skills and employment prospects of local young people, while engaging in a restoration project for the benefit of the Lanark community.

During the course of this project, young people from Skills Exchange SCIO will transform these dark, dank areas into vibrant wooded places, brimming with native plants and providing a home for many native Scottish animals. Working together with Stuart Ritchie, Castlebank Educational Gardener, the young people will develop their practical, team working and communication skills. They will gain confidence working on this project which will bring a very clear positive benefit for their local environment, wildlife and the many people who walk through the site towards the Clyde Walkway. The young people will be clearing vegetation, planting a range of native tree species, restoring pathways, planting native bulbs and sowing woodland wildflower seed. Such skills are transferable, and can be applied to jobs in landscape management, conservation, grounds maintenance and horticulture.

A Crowdfunder fundraising campaign has been launched to support the delivery of the project. 

The money generated from this fundraising campaign will be used for:

  • The cost of an Educational Gardener at Castlebank to work with the young people 1 day a week.
  • The costs for the young people, including: additional travel expenses and the provision of breakfast.
  • To take the young people out for educational activities in areas such as team building.

Click here to view the Crowdfunder page and make a donation

“Skills Exchange helped me with my confidence, skills and I got an apprenticeship out of it” ~ Lauren, 2019

“I would recommend Skills Exchange because the course gives you qualifications and experience that you can use” ~ Sean, 2019

“Thanks to Skills Exchange I am starting work at Dawnfresh Seafoods and I’m feeling really good about myself” ~ Darrell, 2019

“Skills Exchange is a great leg up for anyone needing advice and support when looking for work” ~ Michael, 2019