Give back to your local greenspaces with the Nature Ninjas! You don’t need any special abilities or superpowers to join in, everyone is welcome.

Volunteering outdoors is a fantastic way to learn new skills, meet new people and keep fit at the same time. In each session we take on a different conservation challenge at one of Cumbernauld’s many parks and nature reserves. Activities include:

  • Planting native trees to create more sustainable, biodiverse woodlands for the future
  • Removing invasive plants to help native species flourish
  • Creating wildflower meadows to expand Cumbernauld’s nectar network
  • Fence installation to better protect our greenspaces
  • Path maintenance and litter collection to ensure everyone in Cumbernauld can enjoy the nature on their doorstep

All this is done as part of a fun and inclusive group and we will find a task to suit everyone’s abilities. We meet every Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 3pm, and the first Sunday of every month, 12 – 4pm.

 

Nature Ninjas is part of our Unlocking Community Capacity work.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Key contacts

David Walsh
Project Officer (Unlocking Community Capacity)
d.walsh@tcv.org.uk

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We carry out practical conservation tasks at a variety of sites around Cumbernauld, including:

  • Cumbernauld Glen wildlife reserve
  • St. Maurice’s Pond
  • Luggiebank wildlife reserve
  • Forest Wood
  • Local schools looking to rewild their grounds

Each week we’ll post the activity, location and meeting place on our Facebook page, and will contact our Nature Ninjas mailing list directly. When required we’ll use a minibus to take us directly to the site.

 

You can join in any weekday or weekend session whenever the time and activity suits you. However, if you let us know in advance that you’re coming along we can better prepare for the right number of people.

We’ll provide any tools, equipment and protective clothing that’s required for the day’s job. We’ll also bring the tea, coffee and biscuits! Bring some lunch with you, and make sure you wear suitable clothes and footwear for the Scottish weather. Be prepared to get a bit muddy in the process, it’s all part of the fun!

Nature Ninjas volunteering is suitable for people aged 16+ only. However there are other ways for children and young people to get involved with the Living Landscape, either through our education programmes or events run throughout the year.

For safety reasons and to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome to attend, dogs are not permitted at Cumbernauld Living Landscape events or volunteering sessions.

Pathway to employment


Whether you’re dreaming of a career in conservation or simply looking to gain some new skills and experience, volunteering with the Nature Ninjas is a great way to enhance your CV. We can offer free training and qualifications such as first aid and brushcutter license, and can also help cover the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Volunteers have the opportunity to progress to leading their own projects and groups, and paid traineeships are also available through the Cumbernauld Living Landscape partnership.

 

Get involved


Ready to become a Nature Ninja? Get in touch to find out more.

Contact David at d.walsh@tcv.org.uk or on 07483050744

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