A WILLOW sculpture of a coal miner is set to get some new boots for Easter.

The willow miner, a feature at Low Burnhall Wood, near Durham, has suffered some deterioration and needs repair.

Artist Ruth Thompson, who created the miner alongside Anna Turnbull, will be giving the sculpture some attention at an event tomorrow (Friday).

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People will be able to watch her work and visitors will also be able to take part in an Easter egg trail between 11am and 3pm.

The Woodland Trust, which manages the site, is also hoping visitors will help with a litter pick aimed at getting the area ready for spring and summer.

Hollie Anderson , from the trust, said: “Because the willow is a natural material it does degenerate over time and he has been left with stumps at the minute.

“We’ll be having a demonstration as well as giving the place a mini-facelift because we know more people will be coming over the summer. It’s a nice way to get involved.”

The 15ft high sculpture, which is made of willow, oak, holly and blackthorn, was installed in 2012 and restored in 2015.