Way back in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 21 March as the International Day of Forests every year. Image by Katrina…
Creating Natural Connections
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.
- 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
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 about – and have the skills to care for – the town’s natural heritage in years to come.
Creating Natural Connections builds on work carried out in the town by Cumbernauld Living Landscape since it was launched in 2013. It brings together our experience of working with a wide range of people. However these are just some of our ideas and we would love to hear yours as well.
Habitats and access
To gain the greatest benefit from the towns greenspaces it is essential to create, enhance and manage our woodlands, meadows and access network sympathetically ensuring best practice across a range of landowners. This will create robust and healthy greenspaces that will provide ecosystem services such as improved air and water quality, places to relax and find refuge as well as sites to enjoy recreationally.
Health and wellbeing
Expanding our Wild Ways Well programme we aim to get people suffering from, or at risk of, poor mental health out into the greenspaces of Cumbernauld. Whilst out amongst the trees, parks and reserves participants get a chance to slow down, relax, enjoy being in the company of other like-minded people, and participate in a variety of environmental and conservation related activities designed to fit in with the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Building on from the Engaging Communities project, Creating Natural Connections aims to expand the benefit of Outdoor Learning from Nursery to High school reconnecting young people, with both nature and the wider community. Our cross community approach will continue to raise awareness of the valuable greenspaces in the town and the benefits these sites provide for people.