FAMILIES will have the opportunity to meet some newborn spring farm animals. Brook Street Farm, in Halstead, is opening up for people to come and visit some of its newest residents this Sunday.

Baby lambs, chickens and calves will be enjoying their surroundings for members of the public to come and see.

Liz Barrows, who organises the event every two years, said there may even be the chance to see a lamb being born.

She said: “There are so many children who aren’t aware of what goes on at farms.

“Eating meat is a difficult subject these days and people don’t always know where their meat is coming from.”

Liz said it is also an opportunity for children to enjoy meeting the baby animals and even have the chance to bottle-feed them.

She said: “It’s lovely to see the children meet the baby lambs and the enjoyment they get out of it.”

The event is raising funds for the Courtauld Memorial Hall Centenary Fund.

The event has previously raised more than £1,400 and organisers hope they can beat that target.

Liz added: “Opening the farm helps others to see what goes on here.

We care for the animals while they are here and they have a natural life where they can play in the grass and drink their mothers’ milk.”

Lambs are up and about as soon as they are born, so visitors will be able to se them frolicking around the grassed areas of the farm as well as tucked up inside the barn.

Liz said she let the first batch of lambs out on to the grass last Friday.

During the day she is hoping to provide hot and cold refreshments, as well as various stalls for visitors to browse.

There will also be an opportunity to see the tractors up close and walk along the riverside.

Visitors are advised to wear wellies.

Brook Street Farm will be open between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

Entry is £2.