STAFF at a community farm in need of an urgent makeover are appealing for help as they battle to avoid closure.
Willow Tree Farm at Shirebrook needs to cover the cost of repairs for winter damage and extra security after several break-ins.
And bosses are now looking for volunteers with maintenance or woodwork skills to help out.
The farm, on Langwith Road, is a social enterprise which offers different attractions and activities including animals, outdoor classrooms for school children, and mentoring for adults & children with low self-esteem and confidence.
Board chairman Marian Stockdale says the farm currently employs five local people and provides activities for many groups who could lose out.
She said: “The Government has cut a lot of resources lately and it would be a shame if people lost this too. We take on the minimum of staff anyway so cannot cut any more.
“We do not want to close but we are finding it extremely difficult and need some support.”
Marian said outdoor pipes which burst during the winter had been expensive to replace.
“We need wood for fencing and plaster board and the cafe doors need replacing so we would like someone to donate and fit them,” she said.
Donations will be recognised on a thank you board at the centre.
Lynne Greenhough, head teacher at Brookfields Primary School, Langwith Junction, said the farm’s programme of activities had enriched the children’s learning at the school.
She said: “They met pupils from other Shirebrook schools and fed back what they wanted from the farm.
“It also provides child care activities and events during school.”
Paula Roberts, animal care supervisor at the farm, said it played a massive role with young people in the community.
She said: “We take them from tiny babies up until teen years. We have disabled kids who do not get on at school but are totally different in this environment.”
If you would like to donate money or time to the farm call 01623 748808.