The Great Whale at Harding Pits.

A centrepiece at a Doorstep Green site in King’s Lynn is set to be replaced.

The Harding’s Pits Community Association (HPCA) said its Great Whale carving had “reached the end of its natural life”.

Carved from a single oak tree trunk in 2005 by the late chain-saw artist Ben Platt-Mills, the whale represents the long connection with Lynn’s past whaling industry.

In recent years the sculpture, which weighs 3.5 tonnes, has suffered graffiti and vandalism.

And the HPCA has said parts of it are showing signs of rot and the tail may need to be removed.

The association has begun working with chainsaw artists to come up with a replacement and is open to ideas from the community.

HPCA chairman Rob Archer said to replace the feature would cost up to £12,000.

He said: “Raising the funds is going to be a major challenge for us, as we are all volunteers and we manage the site on a tiny budget, but we believe that the Great Whale has become a much-loved King’s Lynn feature.

“It needs to be replaced with something that stands out and reflects the unique history of the area. We want to hear from everyone – young people especially.”

Visit http://hardings-pits.org.uk for information.