The enhancement of Marine Walk in Fishguard is now well and truly underway with work starting this week on resurfacing most of the path.

Once completed, the Pembrokeshire County Council led-scheme - supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Fishguard, Goodwick and Pencaer Environment Association and Keep Wales Tidy - is expected to reveal some magnificent views out to sea.

In addition to bringing the surface and width of the walk up to modern standards, the project will also improve access, spruce-up picnic and seating areas and upgrade metal and timber fencing.

The enhancement also includes the planting of native species of trees and shrubs to improve bio-diversity and simplify maintenance.

Around 200 bare-rooted small trees have been ordered by the National Park including hazel, holly, guilderose and mountain ash.

Already Ysgol Glannau Gwaun and the local Scouts have expressed interest in helping with the planting and it is anticipated that other local schools and organisations will participate in current and future practical activities relating to Marine Walk.

A student from Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest is also interested in charting the work as part of her Coastal Zone Management course.

The walk will be promoted by new fingerpost signs in the town, the result of a partnership agreement between the County Council, Town Council, Tapestry Committee and the Chamber of Trade.

The approaches from the West Street end of Penslade will be enhanced by decorative railings commissioned from a local blacksmith.

Said local County Councillor, Myles Pepper: "While it is appreciated this work may give rise to some temporary inconvenience, it is a price well worth paying.

"The end result will be a high quality walkway with improved facilities and easier maintenance. Marine Walk will once more become a feature of pride and pleasure for all to enjoy."

Pictured on Marine Walk are (left to right): Councillor Pepper; Mayor of Fishguard and Goodwick Councillor Dai Williams who is also Chairman of the Fishguard, Goodwick and Pencaer Environment Association; John Ratcliffe (vice-chairman of the Association); Emrys Llewelyn (County Council area maintenance manager – north) and Brian Maddocks, the County Council’s Head of Maintenance.