Creating Natural Connections in Cumbernauld

Creating Natural Connections in Cumbernauld

A close up of meadow plants in the sunlight

Heritage Grants

GLASGOW, Scotland
Scottish Wildlife Trust
The Scottish Wildlife Trust are bringing transformational change to Cumbernauld’s natural heritage, and helping local people engage with its greenspaces to improve mental health.

The Creating Natural Connections project in Cumbernauld is part of a landscape-scale conservation partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Cumbernauld is a ‘green’ town with lots of accessible high-quality greenspace. The project works with young people and under-served communities to build a long-lasting network of people who have the skills to care for these areas.

Wild Ways Well

Cumbernauld has a high level of social disadvantage, with many people experiencing poor mental health.

A part of the project, called Wild Ways Well, encourages people to spend time in nature to benefit health and mental wellbeing. It organises a variety of public events and sessions, such as:

  • walks (often at a Scottish Wildlife Trust wildlife reserve)
  • social sessions where participants share hot drinks and conversation around a fire
  • conservation-themed activities like art with nature, plant identification, habitat maintenance and wildlife monitoring and tracking
A piece of clay art depicting a green man on a tree trunk
Clay art made at a Wild Ways Well session

“I am grateful for feeling I belong and am never judged for having poor mental health. This has been a saviour and a haven for me this year.”

A participant of Wild Ways Well

During the pandemic, the workstream continued to support participants through online sessions and activity packs. To date, Wild Ways Well has engaged with 143 people.