Wild Ways Well

Spending time with nature improves wellbeing The Wild Ways Well project has demonstrated what most of us already know instinctively. Spending time outdoors, in nature, makes people feel better about themselves and their lives. Wild Ways Well gets people suffering from, or at risk of, poor mental health out into greenspaces. Whilst out amongst the trees, parks, and reserves, participants

Unlocking community capacity

Overview Our innovative, Asset-Based Community Development Approach seeks to get to know people and build relationships with them. From this, we can understand the existing assets and connect people who want to take action. This approach is built into all of the project activities and, to facilitate this in areas where engagement is traditionally low, we will link each Project

Nature Ninjas volunteering

Our Nature Ninjas volunteers helped our Creating Natural Connections project to improve local greenspaces with their hard work and dedication. The group met weekly and took part in various conservation activities, which included: 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

Brilliant Bogs

Cumbernauld Living Landscape has worked with North Lanarkshire Council to restore raised peat bogs at some of the town’s key greenspaces. Peat bogs are one of the most important habitats on the planet, providing a range of benefits often described as “ecosystem services”. Despite forming over millennia, Britain has lost as much as 94% of its peatlands in the past

Cumbernauld Community Park

We’ve been working with North Lanarkshire Council and Friends of Cumbernauld Community Park to enhance the greenspace for both people and wildlife. As part of our Nectar Networks projects, we have created a new wildflower meadow at the park, plus a meadow of unharvested oats. The wildflower meadow not only brings colour to the park in summer, it has also

Green Routes

Cumbernauld Green Routes was part of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape programme. It aimed to transform the centre of Cumbernauld and its links to surrounding communities by creating accessible and enjoyable green routes. The project was delivered through the generous support of the SUSTRANS Community Links Fund, Central Scotland Green Network, North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network and

Nectar Networks

We’re working with North Lanarkshire Council to create a series of ‘Nectar Networks’ across Cumbernauld. Nectar Networks are managed areas of naturalised grassland, often featuring native wildflowers. They are wildlife havens, creating vital habitat for a great variety of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. They can also develop into beautiful landscape features, especially when in full bloom. In these

Tackling the invaders

We have a number of invasive species in Cumbernauld, including Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, snowberry, rhododendron, and potentially, Spanish bluebell. The presence and spread of these species pose significant threats to the health and sustainability of our local wildlife, and coordinated action is needed to ensure we can achieve this. The Tackling the Invaders project included developing a strategy to

Woodland Projects

Cumbernauld Living Landscape has been working with North Lanarkshire Council to improve woodlands in selected locations across the town. Although Cumbernauld is a very green place, many of its woodlands are densely populated with the kind of trees that don’t provide the best homes for wildlife. In some areas, the trees are also vulnerable to storm damage, risking harm to

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.


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