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Cumbernauld Living Landscape to launch May 7th

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:55 GMT on Friday, 26th April, 2013.
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AN EVENING of free activities for the whole family will see in the launch an ambitious landscape restoration project for Cumbernauld.
The Cumbernauld Living Landscape will launch on Tuesday 7th May at Cumbernauld Theatre, with the chance to try nature photography and learn new bike skills. As part of the launch, visitors can also join a historic tour of the town or a wild walk through Cumbernauld Glen.

Ian MacKenzie, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Project Development Manager said: “The Cumbernauld Living Landscape is an ambitious landscape scale approach to looking after our environment for the future. We want everyone in Cumbernauld to come and get involved with the launch of the project on May 7. There are going to be loads of free activities and we want you to share your aspirations for the environment around the town.”

The launch event will kick off 5.30pm with activities starting at 6pm t include wild walks through Cumbernauld Glen, ‘Weans on Wheels’ bike games for kids, a historic tour of the grounds of Cumbernauld House and a photography skills session led by award winning local wildlife photographer Katrina Martin.

The Cumbernauld Living Landscape is a partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and Forestry Commission Scotland, who between them already maintain a significant amount of the area’s iconic green spaces, with Cumbernauld Glen, the Langriggs of Cumbernauld Village and Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve, amongst the areas they maintain. Furthermore, the Forestry Commission Scotland is involved with community projects in the town’s woodlands, such as the ‘Glen Mile’ mountain bike trail, a project which was partly funded by the Central Scotland Scotland Green Network Development Fund.

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The Cumbernauld Living Landscape aims to preserve areas of Cumbernauld’s natural environment; restore others to their former glory days and help development strategic points for the future of Cumbernauld’s natural landscape. However, the town’s environment is already showing signs being healthy and well-managed, with the recent return of the pine marten - spotted in Forest Wood.

Newly installed ‘trap cameras’, in Cumbernauld Glen - funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery - snapped the image of a pine marten, which shows how healthy, well managed, connected ecosystems can support a wide variety of wildlife. The announcement of the pine marten’s return to Cumbernauld follows the publication of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report which detailed the spread of the pine marten in Scotland; highlighting the benefits to wildlife of an integrated, large scale approach to the environment. This is exactly what the Cumbernauld Living Landscape will deliver.
“The Living Landscape aims to enhance, restore and reconnect the green spaces around the town. Projects to improve water quality, reduce flooding, help wildlife and grow more food locally will be part of the Living Landscape. All these projects and more will improve our environment while supporting the local economy and helping the town develop sustainability,” Mr MacKenzie added. 
“Project partners have already improved access to woodlands at Northside Wood, developed a Sustainable Urban Drainage system (SUDS) to improve water quality and help minimise flood risk to the Red Burn.
“The project leaders - the Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and the Forestry Commission Scotland - want to work with a wide range of community groups to achieve the ambitious aims of the Living Landscape.”

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