The magical garden which inspired author JM BARRIE to write literary classic Peter Pan is in such a state of neglect local officials have served a wasteland notice on its current owner.

The garden at Moat Brae House in Dumfries, Scotland, where Barrie first dreamed up the ideas for magical characters CAPTAIN HOOK and TINKERBELL, has become a rubbish tip and a haven for drug-takers.

Dumfries Council has granted the largely absent owner 30 days to remove the waste, or they will carry out the $9,000 (GBP5,000) task of clearing it up themselves.

Councillor TOMMY HOLMES says, "It's a tragedy that this has been allowed to happen to a place that relates so closely to JM Barrie, a man whose works are known throughout the western world."