Recent weeks have brought a whirlwind of change to our routines, working from home or as an essential service, the reduced ability to get out and about and meet with family and friends. While we are adjusting to change daily, I thought it would be good for us all to hear of news that anchors us as a community, allows us to remain connected with nature and with each other. 

Cumbernauld Living Landscape has just registered for Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Beautiful Scotland award, and while CV19 has brought a few changes to the award, there is a lot that stays the same. 

We are in touch with local groups who take part in the It’s Your Neighbourhood award and will post weekly updates on what these groups and our own Habitats and Access works have achieved so far. We’ll share our aspirations for the project for the year ahead and encourage the groups to do the same through online chat. 

We’ll ask you to join in too! This is the perfect opportunity to get into the garden for that spring clean that we never had time for. Have a teddy bears picnic with the kids amongst the flowers, be creative and share your stories and photos with us. We can still do this in our discrete family groups without putting anyone else at risk. 

We are also looking for people who would like to show off their gardens – is it your pride and joy? Did you spend countless hours making your special retreat? Send your photos and description of why it is special to you and we will add your efforts to the overall award entry. 

This is a time for us all to come together. You can follow our progress on our Facebook page.


Image (c) Katrina Martin

Tracy Lambert