Groups unite to launch tree-rific town centre project

The Lanark Community Development Trust and Rotary Club of Lanark have joined forces to launch a new mounted brackets project aimed at adding more colour to the town centre throughout the year.

Both groups have worked in partnership with the Lanark Business Group to deliver the project, which has already attracted a lot of interest.

The project comes as part of a £30,000 Development Trust grant from the Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration Fund.

Each participating retailer has a Christmas tree with LED lights supplied and fitted by GP Plantscape to display over the festive period. After Christmas the shops can then use the brackets to display hanging baskets during the summer.

Over 40 businesses based at the lower Wellgate, lower High Street, Broomgate and Castlegate have signed up to the scheme and Sylvia Russell, Chair of the Development Trust, is delighted with the response.

She said: “The Lanark Community Development Trust has been working in partnership with Lanark Business Group and Lanark Rotary Club to make the town look more festive over the Christmas period.

“The Development Trust managed to get the funding to purchase 50 Christmas trees and LED lights to be fitted into specially designed wall mounted brackets on the frontage of various businesses in the town centre. The brackets were designed by Neil MacDonald and are dual purpose so that they can be used for hanging baskets in the summer.”