Our vision for a greener Cumbernauld
Cumbernauld Living Landscape aims to enhance, restore and reconnect green areas of the town. Over 50% of Cumbernauld’s town centre is made up of green spaces: parks, woodlands and gardens. However, these areas are often disconnected from one another and many are not as good for people – or wildlife – as they should be.
Without good quality, healthy places people and wildlife cannot flourish. Working closely with the local community, we need to ensure that healthy places are at the heart of the town’s future. The Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s long-term vision is for a green network in the town, providing clean air, water and retreats from the busyness of everyday life.
What will our vision look like?
- There are well used green/blue networks that communities use, value and take responsibility for
- Environmental quality and ecosystem function is improved (especially in deprived areas) meaning that there are healthy sustainable woodlands and diverse greenspaces where they are needed most
- The green network ethos of the Living Landscape is being used by other stakeholders in their decision making and actions to improve biodiversity are integrated at multiple scales
- The networks are valued for their natural capital value and ecosystem services and continue to attract investment into the future
- The profile of Cumbernauld’s Greenspaces is raised and they are seen as exemplar demonstration sites for the management of urban greenspaces
- Cumbernauld is recognised for its green assets rather than its concrete legacy and is leading the way in providing Scotland’s Natural Health Service
To-date, over 30 individual projects – from pine marten dens in Palacerigg to peatland restoration at Fannyside Muir – have already been delivered. We are now focusing on several major projects that bring together a wide range of ideas from across the town.
Delivering local outcomes
To achieve the long term vision action must be taken now to build upon the programmes achievements and momentum. We must be more ambitious in the scale and impact of our efforts and have a clear plan for the long term sustainability. Cumbernauld Living Landscape is a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and The Conservation Volunteers. By working with a network of community partners the project aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- The green network is reinforced, expanded and reconnected
- Ecosystem health and environmental quality is improved (especially in deprived communities)
- People’s wellbeing is improved due to their connection to the natural environment
- More people value and have the skills to take responsibility for their environment
Our projects work with a wide range of partners to overcome the challenges we face. Here is a selection of case studies that show how our approach has benefited teh peopel we work with loacl communities and nature.