A group of Glasgow residents have rallied together in a bid to turn a fly-tipping site into a community garden.

The Southsiders from Battlefield have seen the level of fly-tipping in their local lane (between Cartside Road and Dundrennan Road) get worse over the last two to three years. 

From mattresses to fridges, the area has become an ‘unsightly’ place. 

But residents Samuel Goldie and James Opfer have hatched a plan to redevelop the lane from a sight for sore eyes into a lovely local oasis. 

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Samuel, 51, said: “The lane has been used heavily for fly-tipping between the last two and three years. People leave fridges, mattresses, and all sorts. 

“It’s unsightly and it’s a safety worry as well. 

“The area is very close to a lot of the things that people come to see in Glasgow like the cricket, Hampden and wildlife and I hate to think that this is their last or first impression of the city or area. 

“So, we want to create this community space to drive some positive change for residents and attract locals to the area.” 

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James, 35, added: “The fly-tipping is something we are all aware of and if we don’t do something about it, nobody will. 

“We want to get rid of what has been dumped there and instead, create a nice space.

"Everyone seems to be on board with the initiative. 

“Fly-tipping is not a nice thing to see, so we want to make sure we create a better place.”

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The idea comes after a recent success story with the Cartside Lane resident’s neighbours. 

Samuel explained: “There’s a lane close to ours which used to get a lot of fly-tipping and they just made it lovely. 

“They got rid of the waste and covered it in woodchip and timber, and they now hold community events there. We would love to be able to do that too. 

“We just want this space to improve the area and quality of life for those living in the Southside of the city. 

“The South has a very big community feeling to it and if we all just do our bit, I think it will become something we all love.”

In the Cartside Lane space, the residents are looking to install garden items like chairs and benches and have the garden be a hub for socialising and wellbeing.

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James is in the process of applying for a £20,000 council grant to get the project started. As the site is privately owned, the grant would be the best way for residents to realistically make a difference without exhausting their own pockets. 

The residents have also set up a Facebook page entitled the Dundrennan and Cartside Lane Project – which is dedicated to the regeneration and redevelopment of the laneway.

For more information, or if you are a resident and want to join the group, click HERE