A fond farewell to Cumbernauld Living Landscape!

It was an honour to be a Trainee at Cumbernauld, I have met wonderful people and learned so many skills. I have had the pleasure to work with all the workstreams on the project. Nature Ninjas and Wild Ways Well has taught me many practical skills such as fires, Kelly kettles and shelter building. Nature Ninjas have helped me identify

A New Beginning

Sadly I have come to the end of my time as a Creating Natural Connections Trainee with Cumbernauld Living Landscape, so I wanted to take some time to reflect on my past few months helping to protect and enhance Cumbernauld’s many green spaces! Months ago I came to the project desperate to expand my knowledge and to develop more skills

Experience mindful moments right here in Cumbernauld

Anyone who watched the BBC’s Winterwatch series this year may have found one particular segment – the ‘Mindful Moment’ – a real highlight. It lasts just a few seconds but for a brief moment you are transported away from your cares, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. It’s no surprise to see programmes like Winterwatch tapping into the growing

Learning to love the greenspaces on our doorsteps

Learning to love the greenspaces on our doorsteps Last week I had the pleasure to join an education session at Cumbernauld Academy. The secondary school is perfect for outdoor activities, the Glen is right on their doorstep! We discussed how nature is great for our health and wellbeing and practised grounding activities. The grounding activities allowed students to connect with

Why we need winter

Picture this. Christmas is over and you’re looking out the window on a cold, wet January day. It’s only three in the afternoon but it’s already almost dark. Sleet is smattering against windows, the central heating is cranked right up and find yourself starting to pine for those warm summer evenings. You may even wish it could be summer all

Wreaths – more than just Christmas decorations!

  Christmas is a time when we often see wreaths hanging as decorations, but where did this tradition come from? It may surprise you that wreaths have been part of many different cultures throughout history. Wreaths were made by ancient Germanic and Scandinavian people to mark the 12-day festival that celebrated the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the

A present for our wildlife!

Tis the season to plant trees! It feels like only yesterday when I was a bright-eyed trainee, writing a similar blog, detailing how the Nature Ninjas bravely battled against thigh-deep mud to bring trees to the people of Broadwood. One trip around the sun later, here we are again. On Sunday 12 December our staff and volunteers planted another 500

A little magic to start the season

  Cumbernauld Living Landscape is bringing a little bit of magic into our lives just in time for the festive season. Earlier this year they worked with award-winning Scottish film-maker Felipe Bustos Sierra to create an enchanting new short film featuring children from three local primary schools, Abronhill, Kildrum and Carbrain. The children went on an adventure through their local

A week in the life of a new trainee

  My name is Alex, and I’m one of two new Creating Natural Connections Trainees who started recently with Cumbernauld Living Landscape. My first week as a trainee has been an exciting chance to get to know the team and join in with some of the brilliant projects happening across Cumbernauld. My first task of the week was to join

Leaving the nest

By Tracy Lambert, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Project Officer – Young People I’ve lived in this town for 42 years and for the last nine of those I have had the privilege of connecting my community with nature. However, that is all about to change, for me at least, but thankfully only as an employee. You see I am leaving Cumbernauld