Locals were left baffled when workers began tearing up turf at Dundee’s Waterfront just weeks after it was laid.
Staff moved in at the £1 billion site on Friday to lift grass at Slessor Gardens, with the turf being relaid nearby at the corner of Dock Street.
Slessor Gardens is the green space which will run through the middle of the Central Waterfront, between the Caird Hall and the Tay.
The original turf was laid in stages, with around 50% of the space covered with grass by September last year, and the rest completed over the winter.
Last month, Councillor Will Dawson — city development convener — told the Tele: “The grass is turf that has been laid out, and the longer that is left, the longer it will have to knit in with the soil.”
Folk are now puzzled as to why the grass has been dug up again and moved elsewhere — leaving parts of the site looking bare the month before the area is due to open fully to the public.
One passerby who contacted the Tele said: “I’m a horticulturalist to trade and was surprised to see lawn-lifting equipment being used, considering the council was so pleased to have finished the work last month. Is it any wonder the costs of the Waterfront are rising and the council is constantly over-budget?”
Mr Dawson defended the decision, saying: “There’s nothing untoward in relation to this work being done.
“The work was factored in and is not of any additional cost to Dundee City Council.
“Groups including the V&A and Dundee and Angus College have their own plots in Slessor Gardens that they will be planting on soon.
“Reusing the grass elsewhere by the council’s was a cost-effective method.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “It was always the intention to remove this turf and use it in other sites within the Central Waterfront.
“This is the start of work on the next phase of Slessor Gardens to create a series of pocket gardens in the area.”
The gardens, named after the missionary Mary Slessor, cover an 11,000 square-metre area and have been designed to host a series of major events including concerts, exhibitions and markets.