New bridge adds to the pleasure of a Keil’s Den stroll

The opening of the Keil's Den bridge
The opening of the Keil's Den bridge

Walkers at a popular north east Fife woodland spot can put their best feet forward, thanks to the welcome construction of a new bridge.

Visitors to Keil’s Den, near Upper Largo, can now walk a full circuit with ease for the first time at the site, owned by the Woodland Trust Scotland.

The cost of the foot bridge was funded by a generous donation from Gladys Ogilvie-Shepherd, a frequent visitor to Keil’s Den, who was invited to cut a ribbon to officially open the crossing.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland said: “As part of the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees, we’re dependent on public support for our work.

“I’d like to thank Miss Shepherd from the bottom of my heart for her very generous donation, which will help visitors to explore and enjoy Keil’s Den for years to come.”

Until the bridge was completed, the only way to make the circuit of the wood was to cross stepping stones, which were often slippery or under water in winter and following wet weather.

The Woodland Trust Scotland, created in 1972, has three principal aims.

These are to plant native trees and woods to create resilient landscapes for people and wildlife, to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, and to restore damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return.