This year community allotments were set up on the langriggs (which are situated on the south side of the Main Street). Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) lease the land from North Lanarkshire Council. It is then sub let in plot sized parcels to people working the plots.
There are currently no plots available as they are full. However, there are plans to extend the allotments in the immediate future. Telephone 01236 729086 if you are interested. At the moment allocation is on a first come first served basis but you must live in the village in order to be eligible. The idea for the project grew out of CVAC's interest in the natural environment and in preserving the langriggs. Also, growing food and getting fresh air are so beneficial for individuals' and communities' well being and health. So it seemed a good way to get people together and enjoying themselves. There will be an allotment open day on August 31st in the afternoon. This is part of the village FUN DAY. More info soon.
The langriggs radiate out from the south side of the Main Street on a gentle slope which gets plenty of sunshine. They were originally used to grow food in years gone by and you can still see their ‘long ridge’ structure even though the hedges are overgrown.
Today they have the community allotments, paths for walking, grassy slopes, trees, plenty of birdlife, wild flower plantings, spring bulbs and summer planting in the ‘weavers’ beds’. The weavers’ beds are stone foundations from weavers’ cottages which were planted with a summer planting scheme designed by Philip Morgan-Klein and planted up and maintained by volunteers.
They are directly behind the Black Bull. On August 31st, there will be a VILLAGE FUN DAY in the afternoon on the lanriggs which will include games and activities for children, a bouncy castle and a BBQ as well as information stalls and other interesting attractions. More info soon.
In the future, Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) would like to develop the langriggs further expanding the allotments and developing a community orchard. CVAC has been talking to Cumbernauld Living Landscape (CLL) about encouraging wildlife on the langriggs. CLL is a new project funded by Scottish Wildlife Trust which aims to encourage engagement with nature and wildlife in Cumbernauld. The langriggs provide such a pleasant green space near the busy Main Street and we need more volunteers to help realise the potential there.
It’s cheaper than a gym and probably better for you. Get in touch if you’re interested. email@example.com Telephone 01236 729086
The environmental group is a group of volunteers that meets every Monday evening from 7 for about an hour. They start up when the clocks go forward and usually meet on the langriggs or sometimes the cemetery. They do an hours planting in various public spaces in the village. The meeting spot appears on facebook and twitter (see them on this website). They are looking for more volunteers. Some people go every week, others occasionally. Just come and have a chat the first time if you like. Bring some gloves and a trowel if you are going to do some planting. Watch out for more photographs as things get more summery (we hope). More info on firstname.lastname@example.org