From dumps to gardens of delight

2017-06-27 06:00
George Martin wants to turn this dumping ground into a playpark for children in Ottery.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

George Martin wants to turn this dumping ground into a playpark for children in Ottery.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

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Turning dumping grounds into areas of attraction is a mission that two men in Ottery are taking on, and they want it to catch on in their neighbourhood.

A field in George Road in Ottery has long been abused as an illegal dumping ground, but George Martin and Peter Lewis are showing the world that everybody can play a part in changing that perception.

Both of them have started working on the fields opposite homes by starting gardens in the area.

Martin, who is using old tyres to landscape the area, says he was tired of seeing the field used as a dumping ground and says residents should start taking pride in their surroundings.

“We should stop waiting for the council to do something,” he says.

“With this illegal dumping, it starts when one person decides to throw their litter there. Others follow and the next thing you know companies start dumping their rubble there.

“If all of us take pride in our surroundings, this won’t happen, so I decided to make that difference by starting on this patch. But I am hoping that more people will join me and we will make this area beautiful again and free from litter.”

Lewis agrees with Martin and says he has been working on his garden for a few years already.

“We cannot allow the illegal dumping near our homes to continue,” he says.

“That is why I started my garden to show people that I care and it’s unhealthy if there is a dump where our children play.

“It’s good when your neighbours and people passing through the area admire your work and I hope that it encourages them to also make a difference where they live.”

Martin adds that they have been promised help from various authorities but it has not materialised.

“We’ve been getting some promises but we’re still waiting,” he says.

“At the moment we are using our own resources but with a little help we could do a lot more.

“There’s an area where I want to develop a soccer field for the children and a problem dump further down the road would make a perfect playpark, but I can’t do it on my own.”

V For more information call George Martin on 060 380 9015.

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