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Cumbernauld Living Landscape launch "really great"

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:33 GMT on Wednesday, 8th May, 2013.
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Ian from the Cumbernauld Living Landscape in front of former Cllr, Willie Homer's logo. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD, yesterday evening, enjoyed the launch of the Living Landscape project, at the town’s Cottage Theatre, as the sun shown. 

The evening kicked off at 5:30 at Cumbernauld Theatre with activities including 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 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. Meanwhile, the Forestry Commission Scotland is also involved in and around the town, 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 Green Network Development Fund.

Commenting before the launch, Ian MacKenzie, Cumbernauld Living Landscape Project Development Manager described what the Living Landscape was all about. 

Ian said: “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.”

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Talking to Cumbernauld Media after the launch, which saw town’s SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn and Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Planning unveil the project, alongside a number of local faces and Jonny Hughes, Conservation Director at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Ian said that he had been really “impressed” by the turnout and the “broad range” of ideas for the project.

“I’ve been really impressed by the number of people who have turned out, and it has been a really great evening, and the weather has been lovely for us. 

“There has been a really broad range of ideas. The next step is to take these ideas, collect them together, and work with all the different groups to see how we can deliver them.”

Ian will spend the next three years working with the local community to help improve the local environment, with everything about the project screaming local – including the project’s logo.

Launched yesterday evening, the Cumbernauld Living Landscape logo was designed by former Cumbernauld South SNP Councillor, Willie Homer, although over thirty students at Cumbernauld College put up drafts for scrutiny.

“The logo was designed by Cumbernauld College, with the thirty plus students submitting their ideas for a logo,” Ian said. “After this, we were really excited the pick Willie Homer’s idea and we think it’s come across brilliantly – we are really proud to have it as our Living Landscape logo.

“If people want to get involved, and learn more, then they can find us on Facebook – simply search for Cumbernauld Living Landscape,” Ian added.

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