Tackling the invaders

What do buddleia, rhododendron, stoats, grey squirrels and snowberry have in common? They are all beautiful and fascinating species of animals and plants that can wreak havoc on other local wildlife if they turn up in the wrong place. Then they’re called invasive non-native species (INNS), and they’re just a few of the 3000 or so that we now have

Goodbye and Hello

Every traineeship must come to an end and the time has come for Creating Natural Connections Trainee, Katie to hand in her metaphorical badge and say goodbye. But this is not the end of her time with Cumbernauld Living Landscape. In fact it is just the beginning. Say hello to Senior Project Officer Katie Brown: For those of you who

Why COP26 matters to Cumbernauld

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is coming to Glasgow this November, with the goal of limiting global warming to less than 2⁰C above pre-industrial levels. Attended by politicians, experts and delegations from 197 countries, they aim to: Secure commitments to drastically limit emissions of greenhouse gases. Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Mobilise finance to deliver these ambitious

Farewell Cumbernauld Living Landscape

I   Sadly I have come to the end of my role with Cumbernauld Living Landscape.  I have been running the volunteering and community engagement side of our project for a number of years now.  It has been incredibly rewarding to share my enthusiasm for nature with the communities of Cumbernauld. I would especially like to extend my thanks to

Orchard training will bear fruit for the village

A local orchard will receive some important TLC in the future thanks to a TCV training session for  Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) volunteers. Participants learnt about planting and caring for orchard trees, and will be able to apply what they have discovered to the Cumbernauld Village orchard. The session was delivered as part of Cumbernauld Living Landscape’s

Appreciating Autumn Colours

Josh Chambers, a young volunteer with Cumbernauld Living Landscape, has written about his experiences of autumn in Cumbernauld An array of colours can often be seen around the autumn time.  I have noticed that from talking to people that these colours are often not appreciated, and people are amazed by the range of colours, myself included. During the lockdown young

We’re hiring – Cumbernauld Living Landscape Community Researchers

Title: Cumbernauld Living Landscape Community Researchers (Four) Status: Fixed term for three months (24 hours per month) Salary: £9.30 per hour (Real Living Wage) Location: Cumbernauld Closing date: 12 noon, Thursday 26 November 2020   We are currently recruiting for the role of Community Researcher to join our Cumbernauld Living Landscape team. This role will involve carrying out interviews with

Regenerate and renew

Local resident Anne McClure has written this guest blog about an amazing experience she had volunteering with us I started volunteering with Cumbernauld Living Landscape a year ago. Recently our group was able to see the results of some of the early work that we did, when we were chopping down the dreaded invasive dogwood and creating deadwood fences along

Our volunteers are back in the outdoors!

We are delighted to announce that our volunteer groups are heading back outdoors! These groups will be operating at a reduced capacity with social distance checks to follow current Covid-19 guidelines. We aim to carry out vital tasks in the community – litter picks, invasive species removal and path maintenance. Our volunteers are ecstatic at the possibility of heading back

If you go down to the meadows today

The Cumbernauld Living Landscape team are gradually getting back out to visit some greenspaces in Cumbernauld. Tracy, our Project Officer for Young People visited St Maurice’s Pond recently and was amazed at how much the meadow was thriving! There’s such a diverse range of plant species to be found including knapweed, yellow rattle and birds foot trefoil. Benefiting from these