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Winter is Coming

As my granddad used to say, “the nights are fair draw’n in”. As I write this at 4pm it’s already dark outside and the tail end of a winter storm is blowing freezing rain through the town. But before I complain, perhaps I should spare a thought for the wildlife which is enduring the same

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Taking time to breathe – how grounding can help combat anxiety

While we are waiting to hear whether Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s planned new project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, I have been visiting high schools to maintain and build relationships to allow a smooth transition for the new project. Each week I test new ideas which we plan to use in future workshops,

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Getting arty this Autumn

What’s in a name? Until quite recently few people had any use for season names except for winter and summer. There were a few changes before we settled on a name, what is now autumn was once called hairst (harvest) or fall. Whatever you call it autumn is a great time to get arty outdoors.

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Get Girls Out

Studies show that women spend less time physically active outdoors than men and that this difference begins when women are teenagers. This difference is down to a variety of reasons from worries about hygiene, societal pressures and gender stereotyping to fear of crime and lack of opportunity. This is a situation that everyone would like

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Celebrating our Wild Ways Well participants

Last week the Wild Ways Well Thursday group embarked upon our first ever celebration trip with a sense of trepidation. It was in the aftermath of Storm Ali so there was much checking of the weather reports in the run up as we prepared to set off to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch Ardinning reserve, just

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Autumn is a time of change

I love autumn. We get to see the trees and plants prepare themselves for winter by drawing down the energy they have spent spring and summer creating. This energy transfers back to the roots, discarding the leaves once it is reabsorbed. It is this process which gives us the multi-coloured hues of autumn. Autumn reminds

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International Youth Day

  This Sunday, 12 August, has been declared International Youth Day by the United Nations. The theme of this year’s Youth Day is Safe Spaces where children, no matter their background can be assured of equality, respect and self worth. At Cumbernauld Living Landscape we work with children of all ages, from literal babies in arms

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Tremendous Trees

If there’s one thing the recent spell of sunshine has shown me, it’s the value of a good tree. I often have people tell me how lucky I am to have an outdoor job  – and of course they’re right – but at the same time it can get pretty sweaty working outside in the

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Heatwave

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that it’s hot outside! This weather has been a boon for Human sun-worshippers but it is a difficult time for wildlife. Just like the recent stories of how our train tracks and roads are struggling to cope with temperatures outside of Scotland’s normal range, so too are our native

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Wild Ways Well 10/07/2018

It’s been a while since we had a Wild Ways Well update, so apologies for the lack of news.  Lack of news doesn’t mean lack of activity though – quite the reverse! We had a lovely day at the end of June in Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve when we were able to present our inaugural