Award for Cumbernauld eco-garden

Green-fingered New College Lanarkshire students have teamed with Cumbernauld Living Landscape to create an award-winning eco-friendly wildlife garden.

The 18 students created the feature as a place where they can study biodiversity and conservation.

With expert help and advice from the Scottish Wildlife Trust,they created a wildlife meadow with an incorporated “bug hotel”.

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Keeping with the eco-friendly theme, the area also includes a bottle herb garden, a butterfly art sculpture, a bird bath and a wildlife pond created from a recycled tyre.

Tracy Lambert at Cumbernauld Living Landscape and Scottish Wildlife Trust, said: “I am delighted with the work New College Lanarkshire students have put into the wildlife garden.

“The impressive space improves the environment in the town centre, is aesthetically pleasing and a great area for students to spend time and study nature.

“Scottish Wildlife Trust was delighted when the students approached us for help, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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Tracy entered the students into the John Muir Award for discovery, which recognises those who have connected, enjoyed and cared for wild places, and they received their award certificates at Cumbernauld College earlier this month.

Lecturer Margaret Connor said: “The opportunity to design, research and create the garden was invaluable to the students’ education.

“The students came up with the idea after studying and researching environmental areas throughout Scotland. We visited Dobbies (Stirling) and the Watch Us Grow Project in Palacerigg.

“Through their study and research, they learned of the diminishing wildlife in many areas of Scotlannd.”

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