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Cumbernauld Gets Creative with New Public Art

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Free, fun, family-friendly exhibition and activities on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th of June, 10am-4pm.

An amazing 50% of Cumbernauld is greenspace, making it one of the greenest towns in Scotland. Natural Connections is a project run by Cumbernauld Living Landscape that aims to improve these natural places and reconnect people to nature. ‘Living Windows’ is an exciting partnership project between Cumbernauld Living Landscape and Impact Arts.

Supported thanks to National Lottery players, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire, the project’s aim was to enhance, restore and reconnect people with the green areas of the town.

Impact Arts worked with secondary pupils from Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld Academy and St Maurice's High Schools and Westfield, Condorrat, Eastfields, Ravenswood and St Helens Primary Schools. The pupils explored their ideas for ‘Living Windows’ to be installed at three sites across Cumbernauld: Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve, Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve and St Maurice’s Pond. Each of these sites neighbours a high school.

Natalie McFadyen White, Programme Manager for Impact Arts said:

“The pupils discussed public art and their likes and dislikes such as the Kelpies, murals and street art, and yarn bombing. They came up with original ideas to attract visitors to the three sites before a steering group of pupils worked with members of the local community to finalise the designs.

“The pupils have designed three wonderful, unique benches for the public to enjoy and these will be in place by the 18th of June. Members of the public can pick up a free map at the exhibition so that they can visit the new benches!”

Tracy Lambert, Community Engagement Officer with Cumbernauld Living Landscape said:

“Our Natural Connections project is about helping young people to work to improve local greenspaces for people and wildlife. Young people get the opportunity and skills to make their environment better and they gain confidence and skills. At the same time we are celebrating Cumbernauld’s beautiful wild places and connecting local communities to the environment.”

You can find out more about the project and pick up a free map at a fun, family-friendly exhibition on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th of June, 10am-4pm at the Cumbernauld Shopping Centre.

 

Watch a video about the project.

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Contacts/Details

· Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th of June, 10am-4pm

· Cumbernauld Shopping Centre, 7 Tay Walk (next to the Clydesdale Bank) G67 1NE

· With thanks to funders: Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Wildlife Trust, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire.

· For more information, please contact Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or nwood@impactarts.co.uk

Cumbernauld Living Landscape

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is a long term vision to bring a transformational change to the town’s environment. The project will reinforce and expand existing green networks and reconnect the people of Cumbernauld to their natural environment. By engaging a wide range of community groups, the Living Landscape will work to benefit local people and wildlife and support the evolving regional economy.

cumbernauldlivinglandscape.org.uk/

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is the largest voluntary body working for all the wildlife of Scotland, representing well over 36,000 active members who care for wildlife and the environment. The Scottish Wildlife Trust seeks to raise public awareness of threatened habitats and species and manages over 120 reserves Scotland-wide. The Trust receives financial assistance and support from a range of organisations, funders and individuals including Scottish Natural Heritage and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery

www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

About Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK.

www.hlf.org.uk

 

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