In a ceremony held earlier today (Sunday 22nd May), Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden was formally declared as a Centenary Fields site. Centenary Fields status is a legally binding agreement, in this case between North Lanarkshire Council and Fields in Trust, to protect and preserve the Peace Garden site from harmful development in perpetuity.
Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden has been designed, constructed, and maintained by local volunteers, led by Cumbernauld Environmental Society, and formerly overgrown site next to Greenfaulds Bowling Club now includes commemorative benches, public artworks, flower beds, lawns, and tarmac footpaths throughout. Development and maintenance of Cumbernauld’s newest greenspace will continue for the foreseeable future.
This morning a new archway was unveiled within Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden. The metal arch, with the word ‘Peace’ on either side, was raised by local volunteers including Scouts, Air Force Air Cadets, and representatives of the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld, Cumbernauld Community Forum, and Cumbernauld Environmental Society, supported by Jamie Hepburn MSP and Stuart McDonald MP. The arch is a fantastic addition to the Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden development.
At yesterday’s Keep Scotland Beautiful seminar, Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden received an It’s Your Neighbourhood award, following a visit from assessors earlier in the year. The award was presented at the second highest level of ‘Thriving’ and represents the remarkable transformation of formerly abandoned ground into a commemorative community garden. We’re delighted that this award has further recognised the hard work of all those participating groups and individuals over the last few years.
Earlier this evening we also recognised the participation of groups and individuals who supported this year’s Beautiful Scotland entry, as well as contributors to the development of the Peace Garden project. Copies of the award certificates were distributed to local organisations including Sanctuary Cumbernauld, the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld, and Watch Us Grow.
At this year’s Beautiful Scotland award ceremony, held earlier today in Perth, Cumbernauld received a Silver Award in the Best Small City category. We were only a few marks short of the Silver Gilt category, scoring 140 points out of a 200 maximum, which would have been our highest ever score in the Beautiful Scotland competition.
Maintaining our Silver Award was not an easy achievement and this was thanks to the support and hard work from participating groups who contribute positively to Cumbernauld’s environment. We look forward to participating in the competition again next year, and in surpassing our level of achievement and returning Beautiful Scotland silverware to Cumbernauld once more.
Earlier today Cumbernauld was assessed by Beautiful Scotland judges for this year’s competition, where Cumbernauld is again an entrant in the Small City category. The judges visited Palacerigg Country Park, Watch Us Grow, Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, Ravenswood Primary School, Broadwood Loch, Cumbernauld Village Allotments and Langriggs, and Cumbernauld Glen Nature Reserve.
Adam Smith, Vice-Chair of Cumbernauld Environmental Society, said: “While we co-ordinate Cumbernauld’s overall entry to Beautiful Scotland, the judging visit really couldn’t have been made possible without the support of the participating groups and individual environmental projects. The judges didn’t give much away but we hope that this year we can see an improvement on our perpetual Silver Award, and a return of the Beautiful Scotland trophy to Cumbernauld following our category win in 2013. Dunfermline will be tough competition, but we look forward to finding out the results at the Beautiful Scotland Award Ceremony in Perth on Thursday 10th September”.
A new statue was unveiled this weekend at Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, marking the completion of the next phase in development of Cumbernauld’s newest greenspace. The statue depicts two hands releasing a dove of peace with an olive branch in its beak. The event was well attended and included a parade from local military cadets. The statue was unveiled by Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council. Additional installations and further improvements are planned for Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden in the near future.
Cumbernauld is once more in the running to be named the Best Small City in Scotland at the annual Beautiful Scotland awards. In recent years, Cumbernauld has fared well in the competition, winning the prestigious silverware in 2013 and last year being awarded the Silver level of achievement. The entry is again being co-ordinated by Cumbernauld Environmental Society, with a portfolio to be submitted in the coming months, and preparation already underway for the Beautiful Scotland judges’ visit to Cumbernauld in late Summer.
Adam Smith, spokesman for Cumbernauld Environmental Society, said “Cumbernauld’s rich environment of parks, gardens, and woodlands, means that over half of our town is green space. We will again use the Beautiful Scotland entry to positively promote Cumbernauld, and to recognise the hard work of community groups and dedicated individuals who help to improve Cumbernauld’s environment.
“We’re looking for local organisations to tell us about their projects and any work they’ve carried out with the Beautiful Scotland themes of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility, or Horticultural Achievement, either to be promoted within the portfolio, or personally visited by the judges. Information can be submitted to us by e-mailing email@example.com or in person at our next public meeting in New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Campus at 7:15pm on Thursday 28th May”.
Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden now features four fantastic new benches. The benches were created by David Ogilvie Engineering, based in Kilmarnock, and depict a wartime scene of soldiers heading into battle, also depicting the traditional commemorative red poppies. The four benches were sponsored by Cumbernauld Environmental Society, Sanctuary Cumbernauld, Plumbstore, and the Cumbernauld branch of the Royal British Legion.
A spokesman for Cumbernauld Environmental Society said; “These benches make a fantastic addition to Cumbernauld’s newest community garden, and are a great fit with the overall theme and design of Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, commemorating the centenary of the First World War. Work continues on phase 2 of the project, which will also include installation of a new public artwork, and planting of a Laurel hedgerow, among other landscape improvements”.
An award winning community project received a welcome boost at the weekend when a special planting event was held at Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden in Greenfaulds. During one of the garden’s regular maintenance days, while the Steering Group now work towards the delivery of Phase 2 of the project, members of the local community were invited along to plant memorial trees in commemoration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Among those who attended the special event was renowned local artist Gerard Burns, who planted a memorial tree in remembrance of his sister Elaine, who passed away at a young age. Also in attendance were Marie Thompson, who planted trees on behalf of John Goulding and Marshal Stewart; and John Jack, who planted a tree in memory of William Jack.
Spokesman for Cumbernauld Environmental Society, Adam Smith, said: “These donated trees will enhance the overall character of Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden, and we would invite other members of the community who would like to do the same to contact us, either by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07790 736118. Cumbernauld Environmental Society would like to thank all those who took part in the planting event. The committee would also like to pass on our thanks to our Chair, Bobby Johnstone, for all his hard work and invaluable support in developing this project”.
Further development of the peace garden project will be discussed at the next Cumbernauld Environmental Society meeting which takes place tomorrow, Thursday 26th March, at 7:15pm in New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Campus (formerly Cumbernauld College), and all local residents are welcome to attend.
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