Talented Havelock North school students will be able to admire their own handiwork in a very public space for the next two years.

Today panels of art by Havelock North students were installed on the fence of the old "Happy Tav" site in Havelock North.

Groups from Hereworth, Havelock North Intermediate and Havelock North High schools took up the offer to produce work for the site being redeveloped by Low mac Properties Ltd .

The students submitted ideas for the panels which had to reflect the local landscape, history or culture. Each of the works chosen then had to be painted onto three panels, which have now been attached to the perimeter fence.

Hastings District Council environment enhancement officer Wendy Beeke, said the construction company had come up with the idea as a way to combat potential graffiti attacks on the fence that will surround the site during its estimated two-year redevelopment and to enhance the building site.

"Evidence shows that murals are a great way to prevent graffiti."

Timber by EMSIEN-3 LTD