CROSSGATES Community Woodland has two striking new features, two large 'Eagle' statues.

They are placed on the path running through the Taft and dramatically add to the popular community facility.

The eagles are one of a few moves by the Community Woodland Group to further enhance this historic area of the village.

Said the group's Maureen Cuthbertson: "These are a fabulous additional feature that was funded from the lottery grant the committee received last year.

"The public, especially children, like them, dogs not so much at first although they are getting used to them. The eagles are a great success attracting very favourable attention and comments.

"The "Fairy Dell" has also had a small make-over with several fairy renewals and also a few new fairies added along with other items to raise a smile and cheer up a dreary winter's day. It is a favourite spot with many to sit and while away the time, not just the kids!"

The committee has several more features and ideas they wish to introduce to the Woodlands site over the next year, which regular walkers should look out for.

Added Maureen: "We are always looking for ideas and features to add to this area and would welcome input from the many users of

'The Taft'.

"The Crossgates "Greenfingers Group" will be erecting their new Poly Tunnel later this year, as both the Woodlands and the Greenfingers Group, working together, hope to bring on their own plants for next year's displays".

The Greenfingers Group had a very successful Beautiful Fife competition this year with the village receiving three awards, achieving 186 points out of a maximum of 200. Awards received were Best Large Village; Environmental Responsibility; and Community Participation.

The Woodlands and Greenfingers Groups are committed to working individually, but also in partnership, for the greater good of the surrounding communities.

Indeed, there will be a "Spring Bulbs" planting morning at 10 a.m. on Saturday October 26 involving the two groups and volunteers.

Additional volunteers to assist will be made very welcome and if anyone wishes to take along their own bulbs to add to those already available then this will be much appreciated and welcomed.

Said Maureen: "If you do not wish to plant but have a bulb donation then why not bring them on the day and let someone plant them for you.

"The aim is to have a lovely and fabulous "Spring Show" of many different species of bulbs and colour all over the Woodlands area".

The Annual General Meeting of the Woodland Group is on Wednesday November 13, in Crossgates Community Centre at 7.30, followed by an ordinary meeting. Old and New members will be made very welcome.