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Repairs starting on iconic Somerset landmark

Serena de la Hey will start mending Willow Man's leg this morning Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Work is due to take place today to repair one of Somerset's most popular landmarks.

The 40-foot high Willow Man went up beside the M5 in 2000, though it had to be rebuilt after a fire the following year.

The artist, Serena de la Hey, will begin mending the statue's leg this morning and will inspect the structure with a view to further repairs next year.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


M5 Willow Man undergoes repairs

Artist Serena de la Hey with the Willow Man Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Willow Man in Somerset will be given an £18,000 facelift this week.

The 12-metre high sculpture next to the M5 near Bridgwater will undergo repairs to its head and arms. Artist Serena de la Hey will go 40 feet up in a cherry picker to reweave the statue using local willow.