Access to Nature
Cumbernauld is incredibly green and most people live within walking distance of a park or nature reserve. However, these greenspaces are not always as accessible as they should be. Narrow walkways, uneven surfaces, tough gradients and overgrown vegetation can all cause issues for people using wheelchairs, bikes and buggies, and for people with other mobility issues or special requirements.
Over the next four years Cumbernauld Living Landscape will be upgrading paths at priority sites so that everyone can feel welcome, safe and secure while enjoying the nature on their doorstep.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many paths across Cumbernauld that could benefit from an upgrade, and we have selected those on North Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Wildlife Trust sites that will provide the greatest value to the greatest number of people.
The first location is St Maurice’s Pond, where the boardwalk and an adjoining circular path will be upgraded to ensure they can be enjoyed more easily by wheelchair and buggy users, as well as cyclists and children taking part in pond-dipping activities. Nearby Netherwood Way will also be upgraded. Work will begin here in November 2019 and last approximately 3 weeks.
Paths will be temporarily closed while work is ongoing. On-site signage will keep walkers informed and suggest alternate routes where possible. The Cumbernauld Living Landscape website and social media will also provide regular updates as our access projects progress.
Yes. All paths will be maintained by site management (North Lanarkshire Council or Scottish Wildlife Trust) to ensure they remain fully accessible for the duration of their lifetime. Where required our Nature Ninjas volunteers will also help, for example by cutting back vegetation or carrying out practical conservation work in the surrounding area. Why not join us!
We also plan to improve signage and interpretation at many of the sites in the weeks or months following access improvement work. If you have any suggestions we would love to hear your ideas.
Tell us your thoughts
Have any questions about our Access to Nature plans? Want to know more? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
If you have any concerns or complaints about current activity please contact the site manager:
North Lanarkshire Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Wildlife Trust: email@example.com
Improved access is only the beginning. Our practical conservation volunteers are making these places even better homes for wildlife and special places for everyone to explore. Contact us to find out more about volunteering opportunities near you.