TWO local features have been hailed as classic examples of the beauty of Scotland's woodlands.

Forestry and Land Scotland is encouraging families to get outdoors this spring and use their local woodland as a space to keep kids active and entertained during the warmer months.

Benarty Hill, behind Ballingry, and Blairadam Wood, near Kelty, are two areas which are being highly promoted. In addition there is some excellent woodland in Cardenden.

As temperatures rise throughout the country, it is the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather outdoors.

Research has shown that play and learning in woodland and greenspaces leads to a range of benefits for children’s development, including better concentration, better communication skills, greater stamina, improved balance and coordination, increased confidence and appreciation of the outdoors.

Jenny Ventham, community ranger at Forestry and Land Scotland, said: “Some children don’t have access to a back garden that can be used for outdoor play, however, there are many woodlands and green spaces across Fife that families can make use of.

"Taking children to a local woodland for fun activities has many benefits, such as encouraging physical activity and promoting social skills. It is also a great way to educate children on the outdoors and nature.”

Jenny shares her favourite woods to visit in Fife this spring: "With spectacular views over Fife, Benarty Hill, affectionately known as ‘the sleeping giant’ by locals, has the perfect hill for exploring – just be careful not to disturb him as you navigate the woodland on its southern slopes.

"Vane Farm Nature Reserve is also only five minutes away for families and nature lovers to visit and learn all about the local wildlife.

"Located to the west of the M90 is Blairadam Wood, near Kelty, which has three enticing trails with an attractive mix of mighty spruces and colourful beech woodland – ideal for a long family walk. Visitors can also spot red squirrels, lofty trees, elegant bridges and old mine workings along the trails".

Jenny continues: “Keeping children physically active this spring and summer will maintain a healthy body and mind and help them sleep better at night. We hope everyone has a great time visiting the woodlands, trying out different games and activities.”

To find out where your local woodland is visit: