Lanark Community Development Trust makes big changes to a local pathway

‘Deadman’s Lane’ has been given a dramatic facelift after the Lanark Community Development Trust [LCDT] applied for the Ian Findlay Path fund last year.

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Improvements have been made to a short section of the heavily used pathway linking residential areas to Lanark Grammar School following a £11,200 donation – which subsequently received match funding to help complete the project.


Chair of the LCDT, Sylvia Russell said: 

It has been a pleasure to see the different elements of this project come together, and the working group is thrilled with the progress made so far.


It will make a huge difference to those who use the lane, with it being wider, brighter and safer to travel along.


We give thanks to Paths for All, and the Ian Findlay Path Fund, as the Deadman’s Lane Project would not have been realised without their help and support.


The project has been well received by the local community, with additional donations from The Rotary Club of Lanark, Lanark Grammar School PTA, The Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, South Lanarkshire Community Fund as well as local residents.


Pupils and staff at Lanark Grammar School have also been working on a giant mural of ‘Lanark landmarks’ which will adorn the new fence that will be erected along the length of the lane.


Project Manager, David Dalgliesh, said:


 The new fence with the mural will be going up at the start of next week, with planting at the site as well.


The new half whisky barrels have been painted by the school kids and have been planted by Lanark in Bloom, and they look great. The lane looks much better already, we can’t wait to see it fully finished.


Since the fund’s launch in August 2022, 24 projects across 15 local authority areas in Scotland have received funding totalling nearly £1.3m. Community groups, third sector organisations and charities wanting to improve the accessibility of their local path networks are eligible to apply for between £10,000 to £100,000 in what will be its second year of operation.  

Community groups interested in applying for the second round of funding can reach out to the Ian Findlay Path Fund team at