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Phoenix trees

Some time ago, while in the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s amazing Cumbernauld Glen reserve, I learned about a new type of tree – not a new species, but one with a new way of living. Walking through the woods I came across a fallen tree. Even knowing the value of dead wood to wildlife I still

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Taking nature for granted

My drive to work each day takes me along Eastfield Road to the office and for the past four years I have been watching the high rise flats in Seafar and Kildrum slowly disappear, as Sanctuary Scotland creates space for new housing that will not only be of huge benefit to residents but also change

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From the mouths of babes

I’ve been asked many times if I think that conservation has a future. There are some environmental issues that aren’t always clear cut, and at times it can be difficult to express the benefits of protecting our environment due to background noise. Additional pressures from large companies who lobby politicians to curb environmental protections for

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What can we do about rubbish?

Litter. Everyone hates it, and yet it remains one of our biggest environmental problems. From the cigarette ends and dog poo bags to fly-tipped furniture, it seems like litter is everywhere in our woodlands, parks and streams. No doubt you’ll have heard aware of the waste epidemic in ours sea, but did you know that an

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Wild Ways Well Wise…!

Learning… There is something fascinating and exciting about the fact that there is always still something to learn…! It is really something that gets me going out there! What I love about the Wild Ways Well sessions is that there is no push on anyone to know anything, but we just do end up learning

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National Lottery support will help us create new connections

Cumbernauld Living Landscape has received a transformational grant of £1,375,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund for its new Creating Natural Connections initiative. This funding will deliver significant improvements to Cumbernauld’s environment over the next four years, and create a long-term change in the way the town’s people connect with nature. Thanks to support from

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This is not the time to follow resolutions

A nature follower would tell you that the first of January is not a special day as it doesn’t follow a natural rhythm. Likewise, astrologers often advise to set intentions at the spring equinox when the energies are kick-starting again. We can set up New Year intentions if that makes us feel good, BUT we

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Winter words from Wild Ways Well

I can’t help it. I always find beauty in nature, or rather it finds me! What has been soul-lifting these last weeks have been the skies! They were well worth stepping out of the path and away from the skyscrapers: dramatic and full of contrasts, from the darkest of the darker shades intermingled with different

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‘Tis the season to be jolly?

‘Tis the Season to be jolly? for 19 December 2018 Paul Barclay, Community Networks Officer, Cumbernauld Living Landscape At this time of year the message that’s beamed into our homes and bombards us from every advertising channel is to smile, laugh, and be happy. But it’s often not that easy. For many people Christmas can

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Autumn is a time of change for everyone

You might not think that you are in tune with the seasons, but I wonder if you are finding it harder to get out of bed in recent weeks? Autumn is a time of withdrawal and of waning energy. As the light wanes there is no point for trees to grow any leaves and they