A DUNFERMLINE woodland more than a century old is celebrating a fresh lease of life after the completion of brand new improvement works.

Community groups, councillors and members of the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) got together on Sunday for a scavenger hunt to mark the grand opening of a new three-kilometre path network, nature trail, way markers and art installation at Calais Muir woods.

The Calais Muir Woodland Access and Interpretation Project, which got under way in early September 2015, was developed by the FCCT, which manages the woodland on behalf of Fife Council. It was overseen by woodland ranger Lyn Strachan, with funding secured from Fife Council and Fife Environment Trust, and also supported by Halbeath and Duloch Community Council, who put in many volunteer hours before work began.

The completed project includes major path work improvements throughout the site, installation of new interpretation boards, art works, a nature trail and a new leaflet explaining the history of the woodland and map of the paths.

Landscape architects Urban Pioneers were appointed to create the art installations around the woodland, which are designed to engage visitors and enhance their experience at Calais Muir.

Ms Strachan said: “This has been a brilliant project which has been very much supported by the local community throughout. The addition of way markers, well-laid paths and good interpretation will aid and encourage people to use the woodland, hopefully learn a bit more about the wildlife and feel safe and comfortable when visiting the area.”

Amanda McFarlane, FCCT chief executive, added: “We are delighted with the great improvements which have taken place at Calais Muir. This is a wonderful example of partnership working and it couldn’t have been achieved without the support of the local community. The new paths, signage and the woodland trail now mean the woodland can be enjoyed by everyone.”