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Creating Natural Connections – Development Phase

What is Creating Natural Connections? Creating Natural Connections project is a four-year initiative that aims to make the town’s woods, parks and open spaces better for wildlife and people with the support of National Lottery players. Project aims: Create a community network that connects more people to nature and gives a wider range of people the capacity to benefit from and improve Cumbernauld’s greenspaces Improving the quality of Cumbernauld’s greenspaces for people and wildlife Project development Having built up a strong local knowledge base and piloted community engagement models, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and its partners are now ready to deliver a project bringing transformational change to Cumbernauld’s natural heritage and how local people engage with it.    Cumbernauld Living Landscape has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its four year Creating Natural Connections project.  Working with the community the team will nurture ideas and strategies to improve habitat and access connections within and between greenspaces whilst working with local young people, hard-to-reach groups and community groups to build a sustainable network of people who care

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Engaging Communities

Over the past two and a half years we have worked with local schools and communities to improve three important wildlife sites in the Cumbernauld Living Landscape.  The improvements to the sites were driven by the towns young people from local high schools who also inspired local residents to volunteer their time to improve the areas for people and wildlife. This project utilised Scottish Wildlife Trust and North Lanarkshire Council sites and was only be achieved by the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has giving young people the opportunity and skills to improve their environment, their confidence and their employability skills. The project ended in September 2017 with a celebration of the work completed by the young people, local volunteers, local and partner organisations all working together with Cumbernauld Living Landscape for the town’s greenspaces by connecting local communities to the environment. Students from the high schools across Cumbernauld have been taking action to improve their environment. To celebrate their work with the Natural Connection project they have created three distinctive artworks. Over 300 young people were