VOLUNTEERS behind a community garden project are to have some unusual work displayed at Glasgow’s famous Gallery of Modern Art.

The team at the Erskine Community Garden initiative, who are seeking to revitalise a neglected patch of land, took part in a challenge to raise awareness of the issue of single-use drinks containers being dumped as litter.

Their submission was called ‘Pick me up before you go-go’ and included a photo by committee member Heather Clissett of a coffee cup lying on its own, with no rubbish around it.

The snap was taken during one of the group’s regular litter-picks near Barsail Primary School, which saw them stack up 20 bags of rubbish.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, which organised the competition, said it was inundated with creative entries – but the Erskine team is one of three to make it through to the exhibition.

Heather said: “We decided to enter the competition as it sounded like a great way to encourage litter-picking.

“It also gives a fantastic platform to emphasise the issue of singe-use containers.

“We are really happy and excited to have made it into the top three and look forward to visiting the exhibition.

“A huge thank-you goes to Keep Scotland Beautiful for always being so supportive over the years we’ve had litter picks and to Renfrewshire Council, which is great at providing equipment and advice.”

The Keep Scotland Beautiful exhibition will take place at the gallery on October 24 and 25.

One of the three entries chosen to go on show will be announced as the overall winner and will be presented with a professionally-designed campaign pack, featuring their own submission, to support them with their anti-litter activities.

The community garden team are seeking to transform land near St Anne’s Primary School – known locally as ‘Mrs White’s’ – which has become overgrown and disused.

Nicola Turner, community projects officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We were inundated with creative entries to this competition. Selected from a shortlist of 13, the winning images were powerful and creative. Congratulations to all of them.

“The entries revealed that much more needs to be done to reduce litter levels in Scotland and I hope our exhibition can showcase not only the issue but also a range of solutions.”