A 100-YEAR-old tree stump recovered from the Milford Haven waterway has been turned into four unique benches, thanks to some creative local schoolchildren.

The Port enlisted the help of Gelliswick VC School to come up with designs for the sculpture following the theme the ‘Year of the Sea’.

More than 30 ideas were submitted to the Port’s tourism manager Karen Lewis, who then worked with sculptor Robert Graves to select sketches depicting various elements relating to the sea.

Karen said she was delighted with the final product: “We’re so pleased with the new benches which will be located at Milford Waterfront near the lock gates.

"The area is designed to be a picnic spot for families to enjoy for many years to come.”

Nick Dyer, headteacher of Gelliswick VC School, said: “We were honoured to be involved in the design of this wonderful bench sculpture.

"As a brand new school we are very grateful to the Port for including us in such an interesting community project, taking a tree stump that is over 100 years old and creating something beautiful for Milford Haven’s future.

"We are very proud of the children’s designs and their enthusiasm in the project, helped by the fact that our Year Four children have recently been learning science through a sea theme.

"Gelliswick is playing its part in the ‘Year of the Sea’ and as well as being an integral part of this artwork I am sure it will become a much admired part of Milford Waterfront.”