A COMMUNITY group has hit out at vandals who recklessly started a fire on Clatto Hill, north of Kennoway.
Gordon Lochhead, chairman of the Clatto Community Woodlands group, warned the fire, which destroyed a sign put in place by the group, could have sent the whole area up in flames had it not been for the weather.
A furious Mr Lochhead told the Mail: “I fixed the first notice on the newly completed sign on Friday, October 14. By the next Tuesday the whole thing was a pile of ashes.
“The whole wood could have burned down, only the recent wet weather saved it.
“The fire was obviously a deliberate act of destruction, since old tyres had been piled round the bottom of the sign and set alight.”
Work on constructing the sign had been carried out by the group’s volunteers, with money for materials coming from part of a grant awarded by the the National Lottery Fund.
Mr Lochhead continued: “We provide a car park on the hill, maintain walks in our own small wood, and the next item to go on the board would have been a map to help guide visitors to Clatto Hill.
“This would help people to enjoy the fine walks and views, and we plan to provide further information about wildlife, plants and local history.
“We will also display work done by local youngsters who use the woodland to learn. Clatto Hill is a great place to live and visit. Our aim is keep it that way. We will rebuild, and will welcome any help from sponsors and volunteers.”
Mr Lochhead added, as a reminder to anyone involved in the incident, that setting fire in a woodland area is a very ‘dangerous and destructive’ act.
Fife Police have been notified and are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information should contact Cupar Police Station on 01334 418700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.