THE sun is out and Glasgow is finally experiencing something like summer.

But as residents and tourists take to city parks to enjoy the good weather while it lasts, sun-seekers are finding overgrown grass, a tangle of weeds and green spaces in disarray.

Our photographs - taken yesterday in three favourite Glasgow parks - show just how bad the neglect has become.

Kelvingrove Park, Maxwell Park and Victoria Park are just three examples but by no means the only untended parks.

Just yesterday, national body Keep Scotland Beautiful presented 32 Green Flag Awards to Edinburgh City Council parks... and just three to Glasgow.

And local councillor Kyle Thornton says residents have had enough.

Mr Thornton, Conservative councillor for Newlands/Auldburn ward, said: “I think the city needs to take seriously that parks are being left to become overgrown.

“And it is not just smaller ones, we are receiving reports that larger, prominent parks around the city aren’t being maintained.

“This isn’t the fault of park staff. Staff are doing their best but are being asked to do a million different things that take them away from maintaining the parks.

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“Glasgow is renowned for our parks, they are something the city takes a lot of pride in and that pride should be matched with the resources needed to maintain them.

“We use our parks to get fit, for Parkruns, for children to play in during the school holidays - they are no use if the grass is overgrown.

“It puts people off using them and that’s detrimental.

“We have raised this issue over and over again but it is not a particular priority for the council.

“Any time it is raised - and this is an issue in communities across Glasgow - it is passed over.”

The Evening Times told just last month how the issue was raised at a full council meeting.

We also told in May how Glasgow’s parks are being neglected because maintenance staff are being forced to help with bin collections, according to claims from workers.

Park teams said they are being sent to help the cleansing team with refuse collections and bulk uplift – leaving them without time to carry out their own duties.

Glasgow City Council confirmed workers can be deployed to other areas but said this only happens “when it is necessary”.

At Victoria Park, local society the Friends of Victoria Park said the council’s cost-cutting measure of grassing over 28 beds - out of 60 in total - amounted to “an act of civic vandalism”.

They said they had been encouraged to tend to the park as volunteers.

But hit back at this suggestion, saying it would mean taking what was paid work from council staff and also saying the council should be paying for upkeep of one of the city’s historic parks.

At Kelvingrove Park it is understood that Glasgow City Council is allowing the greenspace to become overgrown on purpose in order to discourage outdoor drinking and the sort of unruly scenes that have been witnessed in the West End space recently.

But Mr Thornton gave this idea short shrift.

Mr Thornton added: “It seems like one of these reasons that comes out of the bag when the grass doesn’t get cut.

“Overgrown grass probably isn’t going to put them off.

“If you are serious about stopping people drinking in parks, and let’s remember that is illegal in Glasgow, they you should be making sure there are enough community safety resources in parks and that there is public education.

“Overgrown grass puts people off using the parks and drives people out of the parks.

“If there are fewer people in the parks for the right reasons, you are only going to encourage people who are going to use it for the wrong reasons.

“People will be thinking, ‘Why am I paying my money for this basic service and it is not being carried out.”

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “Glasgow’s parks continue to enjoy high approval ratings from city residents while also attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

READ MORE: Police tackle underage drinking in Kelvingrove Park

“We are working exceptionally hard with our available resources to ensure our parks are maintained to a suitable standard.

“The wide range of tasks needed to keep our parks in good order such as grass cutting, litter bin collections and playground checks are all carried out on a routine and regular basis.

“Glasgow’s parks are also used to support the city’s responsibility to promote biodiversity and increasing amounts of parkland are allowed to grow more freely to support a range of wildlife, including essential pollinator species.

“There are occasions when staff will be deployed on to other tasks, but this will be to support of services for which the council has a statutory duty to provide.”

Overgrown Glasgow parks

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After numerous complaints Sandyhills Park is still not receiving a regular de littering service.

After numerous complaints Sandyhills Park is still not receiving a regular de littering  service.
Community contributor
After numerous complaints Sandyhills Park is still not receiving a regular de littering  service.
Community contributor
After numerous complaints Sandyhills Park is still not receiving a regular de littering  service.
Community contributor
After numerous complaints Sandyhills Park is still not receiving a regular de littering  service.
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Memorial bench in Bellahouston, every one of them were in this condition the other week

Memorial bench in Bellahouston, every one of them were in this condition the other week
Jess McCormack

Hogganfeild loch has been neglected for years footpaths overgrowth rubbish everywhere total mess the council should be ashamed

Hogganfeild loch has been neglected for years footpaths overgrowth rubbish everywhere total mess the council should be ashamed
Samuel Kirkbride
Hogganfeild loch has been neglected for years footpaths overgrowth rubbish everywhere total mess the council should be ashamed
Samuel Kirkbride
Hogganfeild loch has been neglected for years footpaths overgrowth rubbish everywhere total mess the council should be ashamed
Samuel Kirkbride
Hogganfeild loch has been neglected for years footpaths overgrowth rubbish everywhere total mess the council should be ashamed
Samuel Kirkbride

Sad to see in Glasgow Green, the city's flagship park, the Winter Gardens being encroached on by knee length weeds and vegetation growing out of the masonry. At the other end of the park, the Daisie Green area, benches neglected, large areas overgrown, broken glass. Becoming abit of a no go area. A shame to see this in a Green Flag park.

Sad to see in Glasgow Green, the city's flagship park, the Winter Gardens being encroached on by knee length weeds and vegetation growing out of the masonry. At the other end of the park, the Daisie Green area, benches neglected, large areas overgrown, broken glass. Becoming abit of a no go area. A shame to see this in a Green Flag park.
mairi Robertson

Overgrown? I wish that was all that was wrong with the carcass that is Glenconnor park. A park that has been left to rot in the middle of well-kept parks like Alexandria, Springburn and Hoggenfield!

Overgrown? I wish that was all that was wrong with the carcass that is Glenconnor park. A park that has been left to rot in the middle of well-kept parks like Alexandria, Springburn and Hoggenfield!
Scott McWilliam
Overgrown? I wish that was all that was wrong with the carcass that is Glenconnor park. A park that has been left to rot in the middle of well-kept parks like Alexandria, Springburn and Hoggenfield!
Scott McWilliam
Overgrown? I wish that was all that was wrong with the carcass that is Glenconnor park. A park that has been left to rot in the middle of well-kept parks like Alexandria, Springburn and Hoggenfield!
Scott McWilliam
Overgrown? I wish that was all that was wrong with the carcass that is Glenconnor park. A park that has been left to rot in the middle of well-kept parks like Alexandria, Springburn and Hoggenfield!
Scott McWilliam

Not only the parks are being neglected. There is a grass strip on either side of the road that I live on. In the past it was adequately maintained by the Parks Department staff. This year it has been cut once. It was about 18in high at that point and the grass that I had to rake up filled my brown bin leaving no space for my garden refuse. Had I left it it would have killed the grass below then in time been blown onto the street where it would have blocked the drains. It is not cost saving, just moving the problem from one department to another. Currently the grass is up to 26in high. We pay our council tax and expect council services or a refund.

Sylvia Pascal