Residents living close to a small wooded area have welcomed proposals to improve the greenspace for visitors.
The Friends of Middleton Community Wood group has been set up in the hope of making the wood a “major part of life in north-east Dundee”, and has organised a meeting today for the public to hear more about the plans and share ideas.
The group said the wood “provides an area in which people, of all ages, can explore nature, walk their dogs or just relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the town”.
It added: “It is, however, under-used and maybe a bit abused by some visitors. We would like to change that.”
Local residents welcomed the group’s proposals.
Taxi operator Ian Mason, 59, said: “I’d be glad to see folk in there tidying it up. The biggest problem has been bairns setting fire to the bushes so they need cut back. But it’s something I would welcome.”
Supermarket night manager Paul McPherson, 46, said: “I used to walk my dog down there but it’s far too overgrown. Nothing has been done down there in ages so it’s really overgrown on to the paths.
“I would be happy to see people in there doing something to tidy it up. It used to be really well looked after but it hasn’t been for a while.”
The meeting will take place at Finmill Centre today at 6pm.
The woods, in between Whitfield and Fintry and on the edge of Ballumbie, were first established in 1993. Since then they have expanded and are used by the community for a variety of activities.
Tree planting takes place several times a year as well as school trips where pupils can study trees or the wildlife.
The area is undergoing restoration by Dundee City Council to refurbish more than 1,000 yards of compacted stone path.
The work is expected to be completed early next year.