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Cumbernauld Conversations

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is coming to a venue near you! We are coming out into communities to talk to you about your local greenspaces. We want to find the community champions: the people who are looking after these places in unforeseen ways. They could be members of the public doing a weekly litter-pick down the park, they could be an informal club that uses the greenspace for an exercise class or they could be a retired teacher who tells amazing stories about the fascinating heritage of our breathtaking nature reserves. Since starting in this position a month ago I have had the privilege to meet so many amazing individuals and community groups working tirelessly to connect the people in their communities with the natural world at their disposal. At the Living Landscape one of our main goals is to “unlock” this community capacity to create even more connections with nature, using Cumbernauld’s greenspaces as the connector. So how are we going to do this? Well to start, over the next few weeks we’ll be popping up in and around places

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We invite you to see our unveiled plans

Over the past few months, Cumbernauld Living Landscape has been carrying out a lot of consultations about the towns green spaces and the community groups who use them.  Thank you to everyone who has taken part and helped us to understand your views about the local green spaces in the town. In the background expert consultants have been out looking at the local area identifying breaks in path routes, habitat type, quality of routes and habitats and so much more. All of that information has now come back, and we would show you the list of projects that have come from these consultants and hear from you which projects would have the greatest impact for our community. I am extremely excited to see the list of projects which will help us to access our parks and green spaces better and so for one more time I ask your help and opinion. We have seen the Cumbernauld community spirit come alive during the heavy snow with groups of residents helping to dig out schools and parking areas. There is a craving for people

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Consultation for Cumbernauld Green Route

A new route to improve the link between Abronhill and the town centre through Kildrum and Carbrain is being proposed and the local community are invited to have their say at a special consultation event next month. Cumbernauld Living Landscape and Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) have been working for the last two years with community partners to develop a detailed, green design for the route, aiming to reconnect the people of Cumbernauld with their natural environment. The green route has been developed to encourage active travel on foot and by bike, especially for people going to school, visiting greenspace and making other local journeys. The consultation will be held on 1 February at the Learning Centre, Cumbernauld YMCA on Afton Road from 1pm to 7.30pm and will display the design of the new route for people to have their say on.     Mike Batley, Development Officer with CSGNT, said: “The proposed improvements will provide much needed developments to these spaces. It will encourage people to walk and cycle and help those who may not have access to a

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Finding our community’s voice

As part of the development phase for our Heritage Lottery Fund supported Creating Natural Connections project I will be spending a lot of time out and about talking to groups, schools and residents in the run up to submitting our final funding application. My aim is to ask you what do you need to help you enjoy your green spaces of parks, woodlands and those bits in between. What are the aspirations you have for your town? Are there any barriers? And if there are barriers, how can we work together to reduce them? Ultimately, I want to find out how we can work together to make Cumbernauld a better place for people and wildlife. We have a wealth of beautiful wild spaces here but it always needs help. We also have a wealth of people with a variety of skills and knowledge who can help create positive change. We’re holding consultations with community groups on Tuesday 23 January from 6:45pm – 9pm, and residents can come along to Cumbernauld Shopping Centre on Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 January from 11am – 3pm.

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Have your say on our future

What a hectic and amazing few weeks we’ve had! As you will have seen last week we won the acclaimed Youth and Education at the Nature of Scotland Awards ceremony. For me that was a huge slab of icing on the cake for the end of our Engaging Communities project – locally known as Natural Connections. So, what’s next for Cumbernauld Living Landscape? Well it has all been going on behind the scene here at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s office in Cumbernauld. We’ve secured the initial funding to develop a new four-year project and my role has changed from community engagement, to the community development. But what does that mean? Well, firstly there’s lots of meetings! There are a huge number of people and organisations who want to work with us to make better connections between people and wildlife. This is fantastic for the Cumbernauld community and for us. Next up, we want to talk to you. We need to speak to as many people as possible to find out what would encourage you to go out and use Cumbernauld’s