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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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Wish us luck!

After a lot of conversations, consultations, taster sessions and report writing we have finally hit the button to send the Creating Natural Connections Stage 2 Application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Living Landscape team would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this application.  We really appreciate your opinions, your time and your support for what we think is a fantastic project.  We’ve even made a wee video showing what this project means to us too! Our last request to you, our community is to keep your fingers crossed for us and wish us luck! .

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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