Residents in Upperton showed their community spirit as they spent a weekend removing dumped rubbish and landscaping the village.
Members of the residents’ association obtained grants and support from a range of organisations for their environmental project.
Its secretary, Jan Wilson, told the Advertiser: “Parts of the village had become a terrible eyesore and we’re delighted to have given it the much-needed clean-up it deserves.
“The biggest task was clearing fly-tipping near Dervaig Gardens and the lock-up garages. North Lanarkshire Council gave us walk-in skips and we cleaned out bags of cement, rubble, a bathroom suite, carpets and mattresses. We also found around 20 tyres, and it was hard to find somewhere to take them, but fortunately Kwik-Fit agreed to have them disposed of.”
The big clean-up, funded by a grant from Scotwest credit union, also saw the volunteers tackle some of the overgrown open areas and verges in the village, where maintenance is a big issue due to complex private ownership.
Local farmer John McCaig topped the grassy areas and residents used strimmers from Martin Plant Hire and a donation of weedkiller from B&Q.
Jan said: “The grass was very overgrown as it hadn’t been maintained in over a year. We’ve strimmed all the verges and around the garages, and can now see the pavements. It was a lot of hard work, but it was definitely worth it. It’s much tidier and means the kids have a grass area to play. Around 10 of us took part and we gained three committee members. There was great community spirit.”
Jan is pictured second left with (from left) husband and son Darren and Dexter, and volunteers Donald Robertson and Gillian Smille.