Waste tip­ping woe

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Fly-tip­ping of gar­den waste is blight­ing a scenic Gate­house wood­land and al­low­ing non-native plants to spread.

Gate­house Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard Gar­riesWood and the lade run­ning through it was be­ing used as a dump­ing ground.

Lo­cal vol­un­teer Ron Forster has been mon­i­tor­ing the prob­lem and de­manded ac­tion.

He said:“This is a nat­u­ral Scot­tish wood­land and should not be in­vaded by for­eign species.

“We need res­i­dents’help to stop this dump­ing. It needs some positive ac­tion.”

Anna John­son, Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil’s na­tional scenic area of­fi­cer, said:“There is a prob­lem of gar­den plants com­ing into the wood­land.

“Hol­i­day home own­ers em­ploy gar­den­ers from out­side who just dump the waste.

“Per­haps we could send a let­ter to all the houses back­ing on to Gar­riesWood say­ing we do not want waste dumped there.

“We could clean up the waste al­ready there and then mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.”

She added:“Peo­ple do need to get out of the habit of do­ing this.”

Provost Sue Best said: “We maybe need to look at covert sur­veil­lance.”

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