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Taming a T.rex

It was a dangerous job, but the installations team have pulled off the Lanark dinosaur installation for the third year running.

Over 20 replica reptiles are now gracing the streets of the town as part of Discover Lanark’s Jurassic initiative to attract families to Lanark during the school summer holidays.

The Lanark dinosaurs have been hibernating since August and it was up to the GP team to wake the prehistoric creatures from their slumber, rebuild, transport and set them in position – ready to be discovered on the dinosaur trail.

Antonia Pompa, Discover Lanark BID manager, said: “It has been a delight to work once again with the team from GP Plantscape. Amongst this year’s Jurassic Lanark challenges was to construct a 12-metre-long life size TRex skeleton in Lanark town centre. I am pleased to say it looks fantastic and has proved a real talking point.”

The formidable figure, now dominating the pavement at the bottom of the High Street has presented the scariest encounter to date for the team in terms of fearsome creature installations. So large is the skeleton, scaffolding was required to gain height to piece the bones together and custom-made braces hold the structure securely in place.

Carnivores, plant eaters and even baby dinosaurs are located at various points around Lanark, including some new locations, just waiting to be discovered.

Four animatronic dinosaurs which roar and move add to the excitement.

To make the dinosaurs feel at home, vegetation and rocks have been used to create a more natural environment for the creatures.

While the installation took place over a few days, it has taken weeks of preparation by the team to pull the sets together, gluing, painting, nailing and nailing.

Lex Kennedy, interior landscaping manager, GP Plantscape, said: “The team were brilliant, rising to the challenge of installing the biggest dinosaur contingent to date.

“To minimise traffic disruption the majority of the installation took place over the weekend and early in the morning.”

Town residents and visitors are invited to follow the Jurassic trail in search of the prehistoric creatures.

The dinosaurs are on display until the 23rd August and free trail maps are available from Tolbooth Lanark on High Street, ML11 7EX, in the heart of the town centre, open daily from 10am to 5pm.

GP Plantscape have also installed flowering planters in Hyndford Place to create an outdoor seating area, another regular summer feature in Lanark.

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