STAFF and children at a Glasgow nursery are pleading with members of the public to stop fly-tipping on land beside the building.

Pupils at Lamlash Nursery, based on Skerryvore Road in the city’s East End, asked Glasgow City Council to clear the nearby land, which was described as being a “total rubbish tip”.

Fly-tipping in the area had been an ongoing problem.

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Staff were keen to utilise the space, and after it had been cleaned up by council employees a few weeks ago, a sponsored walk was organised.

Parents and carers sponsored their children to help raise funds to purchase equipment to be used in the greenspace.

Marie Steven, child development officer and forest school leader, said: “We wanted to make good use of the space after it had been cleared.

“We’re trying to make sure it can continue to be used for educational purposes, rather than have people dump their rubbish there.”

The recent fundraising walk, which raised around £500, was Gruffalo-themed.

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Marie added: “We linked it to our learning and put the Gruffalo characters along the path and bushes so the children could go and find them.

“We plan to keep using the area going forward and try to prevent people from fly-tipping.

“We want it to be used for good purposes for the children’s health and wellbeing, for their education, and to make it more resourceful.

“We will purchase equipment for the children to use within the area. We already have some den-building kits.”

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Members of the public have refrained from dumping rubbish on the land since it was cleared, and the nursery children and staff are keen for it to stay that way.

Marie added: “It has stayed clear since, but we just don’t want people to start dumping their rubbish there again.

“It’s so valuable for the children to get out. Some of them stay in flats so these areas whilst they’re in nursery are so important to them.

“Stop dumping rubbish here, think how purposeful it will be when being used for educational value.”