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Cumbernauld Living Landscape to host public launch tonight

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:21 GMT on Tuesday, 7th May, 2013.
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A FREE evening of activities for the whole family will launch an ambitious landscape restoration project in Cumbernauld, this evening.
The Cumbernauld Living Landscape will launch this evening, at Cumbernauld Theatre, with the chance to try nature photography and learn new bike skills, as well as a historic tour of the town or a wild walk through Cumbernauld Glen.
The evening begins at 5.30pm, at Cumbernauld Theatre and activities (starting at 6:00) 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.
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 tonight. There are going to be loads of free activities and we want you to share your aspirations for the environment around the town.

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“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 sustainably.
“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.”
The Cumbernauld Living Landscape is a partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and Forestry Commission Scotland, who between them maintain a significant amount of the town’s iconic green spaces, including Cumbernauld Glen, the historic Langriggs of Cumbernauld Village and Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve. Forestry Commission Scotland are involved with community projects in the town’s woodlands, such as the Glen Mile mountain bike trail. The project is also partly funded by the Central Scotland Scotland Green Network Development Fund.

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