LEADERS at a farm project are appealing for help to take care of its animals over the festive period.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Lamont City Farm, which is staffed entirely by volunteers.

And the Erskine-based charity is in desperate need of financial support to meet its running costs over the winter.

Lamont Farm houses around 50 animals, ranging from donkeys to rabbits, as well as more exotic creatures such as snakes and tarantulas.

The Winter Fundraising Appeal aims to ensure that around 50 animals will receive care over the coming months.

Yvonne Elliot, farm manager, said: “We desperately need help to raise vital funds.

“Lamont Farm Project is an independent charity that depends entirely upon grants, fundraising and donations received from individuals and organisations, coupled with the hard work of its dedicated volunteers and student placements.

“It has a wide variety of animals and gives an opportunity for anyone to learn about animals.

“With your support, Lamont Farm Project would be able to continue its mission to provide education in animal welfare and outreach to schools and the community.”

The farm, which was founded in 1977, attracts hundreds of visitors every weekend during the summer months.

Staff try to rehome as many animals as they can.

If a suitable home can’t be found for one of the animals, the team try to give it a home at Lamont Farm.

To find out how you can support Lamont Farm, visit the website at www.lamontfarm.org.uk.