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A wild year ahead

It’s hard to believe that we’re more than halfway through January already! Here at Cumbernauld Living Landscape it’s full steam ahead as we continue to work towards our vision of putting both people and wildlife at the heart of our town’s future. We’ve got lots of exciting projects coming up in the next 12 months, many of which you could get involved with. Our Wild Ways Well Thursday sessions started back last week, open to anyone looking to improve their mental wellbeing by spending more time outdoors. For people who like to get their hands dirty, our Nature Ninjas volunteers have been out planting trees at Glencryan Wood, and will be carrying out a variety of conservation activities throughout the year. Our education team are busy connecting with local schools, organising workshops and programmes that will connect young people with nature through fun and engaging activities based on natural heritage. Our habitats work will include a continuation of our ‘Nectar Networks’ projects, creating more homes for pollinating insects and improving biodiversity in the town. We’ll be working with partner organisations

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We are recruiting!

Learning Assistant – Creating Natural Connections Project Title: Learning Assistant – Creating Natural Connections Project Status: Part-time, 12 months fixed term Salary: £18,127 pro rata (32 days per annum) Location: Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire Closing date: 12 noon, 4th October 2019 Since 2011, the Cumbernauld Living Landscape partnership has been enhancing, restoring and reconnecting green areas of the town to improve the environment for both people and wildlife. This award-winning partnership is now entering a new phase and needs a Learning Assistant to support its environmental education within local primary schools We are looking for the successful candidate to have the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to motivate, influence and encourage local school children to take a hands-on approach linking in with the major habitats and access works where appropriate, and to improve their school grounds for nature and people alike. Applicants should be educated to HNC/D in a related subject, or have equivalent experience, and hold a first aid certificate or be willing to gain this qualification.  You should also be an excellent organiser and natural communicator with a keen interest

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Celebrating Cumbernauld’s future

The sun was shining, the bees were buzzing and the town was buzzing too as Cumbernauld prepared for Friday’s visit from the Queen. She spent her time at Greenfaulds High School, where she met with pupils and community members while being treated to a performance from the North Lanarkshire Council School’s Pipe Band. Greenfaulds is just one of the schools we’re working with as part of our mission to connect more young people in Cumbernauld with the nature on their doorstep. Our 6-month Natural Connections programme supports pupils as they make improvements to their local greenspaces, learning new skills and building confidence along the way. The royal event was called ‘a celebration of Cumbernauld’s past and future’. Cumbernauld has been through a lot of changes during the Queen’s time. Designated a New Town only two years into her reign, we’ve seen our greenspaces shrink and become fewer and farther between. There are fewer homes for wildlife, and we seem to be spending less and less time outdoors. But with the help of our partners, our volunteers and programme participants we’re