VOLUNTEERS were shocked when they got more than they bargained for after they discovered a long-lost sculpture along a popular walking trail.

The Wath, West Melton, and Brampton Litter Pickers had been clearing an area along Manvers Way for the past two weeks when they stumbled across a large sculpture.

The sculpture of a book was found overgrown along the pathway and the volunteers decided to clear it for the public to see.

“We first found the sculpture during the summer,” said volunteer, Kerry Beatson. “We didn't want to disturb any nests there so we left it until the autumn when we could get in and clear the area.

“I don't think many people know it's even there, it was so overgrown I think people just walk past it.”

Designed to represent the ending of the mining industry, and the 'new chapter' for Wath, the sculpture team believe the sculpture was created in the late 1990s.

Now they want to help keep the area tidy so that people can enjoy the art.

“It can be seen from the Trans Pennine Trail,” added Kerry. “We now want to make sure the area is looked after so that it can be a nice place for people to visit.”