ONE of the elephants making up Worcester's Big Parade has had to be fenced off after suffering damage, organisers have said.

The Gardener, which is based in Corn Market, requires repairs the twitter account of the art trail has said.

In the tweet they said: "If you’re joining us for #WorcsBigParade, you’ll spot that ‘The Gardener’ has been fenced off.

"Unfortunately, it’s sustained some damage & requires a little TLC."

The trail, fundraising for St Richard's Hospice, is entering it's final week, so instead of removing it for repairs it is being kept at the location but fenced off.

"We don’t want anyone to miss out, with just a week of the trail to go, so hope you can still enjoy from further afar," Worcester's Big Parade added.

It is unclear how the elephant sculpture, from artists Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt, has sustained the damage.

Previously we reported people had been spotted sitting on top of the Panda and Life's Snakes and Ladders elephant sculptures, with Tricia Cavell, fundraising director at St Richard’s Hospice, warning people must not climb any of the sculptures for their own safety.

"People must not climb – or sit – on any elephant sculpture for their own safety," she said.

"Climbing and sitting on the elephants can damage them too.

"It damages the beautiful paintwork before the sculptures will be auctioned for our care in the autumn.

“Please help us keep the herd looking their best and, in turn, help us raise funds to support patients and their families here in Worcestershire when they need us.”

The Wild in Art event, that features 30 large elephants, 36 smaller calf sculptures and two interactive digital installations, runs until next Sunday, September 5.

At the end of the trail, each large elephant will be auctioned to raise money for the hospice’s ongoing care for patients living with serious progressive illnesses and their loved ones.