Since 2013, Cumbernauld Living Landscape have been making improvements within the town for habitats, biodiversity, people and communities.
First, our ‘Living Windows’ project, enabled local community groups and schools to work with contemporary artists to create murals and pieces of art to reflect the special greenspaces of Cumbernauld. Six pieces of art were ‘exhibited’ at local shopping centres, replacing derelict shopfronts with colour, creativity and the overarching message that the town has lots to explore.
Then, we worked to engage communities to enhance urban greenspaces in Cumbernauld through our ‘Natural Connections’ project. We made significant impacts for young people, community, and nature through our school sessions, volunteering, internships, and improvements to habitats.
Most recently, Creating Natural Connections was a four-year initiative (2019 – 2023), which aimed to make the town’s woods, parks and open spaces better for wildlife and people, with the support of National Lottery players.
The Project aims were:
- To create a community network, which connected more people to nature, giving a wider range of people the capacity to benefit from and improve Cumbernauld’s greenspaces.
- To improve the quality of Cumbernauld’s greenspaces for people and wildlife
Working with the community, and our partners, the team nurtured ideas and strategies to improve habitat and access connections within, and between, greenspaces. The team worked with local young people, hard-to-reach groups, and community groups to build a sustainable network of people who care about – and have the skills to care for – the town’s natural heritage in years to come.
You can read all about our completed projects, and the impact they have had within Cumbernauld, below.