Cumbernauld Living Landscape has been working alongside artists, communities and local business to connect residents of Cumbernauld with the town’s natural environment. Empty shop windows are being transformed with art installations celebrating the network of community parks, gardens and woodlands in Cumbernauld.
Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Sharing Heritage programme has allowed the Cumbernauld Living Landscape to grant local community groups the chance to work with some of Scotland’s best illustrators. Together, they have crafted bespoke artworks which capture the essence of these natural places, as well as the pride people take in them.
The ‘Living Windows’ reflect six green spaces in the town and were modelled on Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve, Cumbernauld House Park, Cumbernauld Community Park, Palacerigg Country Park, Langriggs and Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve. The project is a great example of promoting the use of green space right on your doorstep.
There are other ways in which the local community are being encouraged to help raise awareness of the town’s green spaces. Ian McKenzie, Project Manager at Cumbernauld Living Landscape explains “The Cumbernauld Living Landscape is also interested to find out how people incorporate the town’s parks, woodlands and gardens into their daily lives. Everyone uses these areas in different ways for commuting, recreation and inspiration.”
“The project is asking for people to share pictures of how they use these areas by posting to the Cumbernauld Living Landscape Facebook page or tweeting @ScotWildlife with #LivingWindow.”
For more information please visit the Cumbernauld Living Landscape website.