Waste tipping woe
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.”