A therapy farm for people with disabilities has welcomed new-born lambs as it plans to expand.

SweetTree Fields Farm, in Mill Hill is a non-profit that provides therapeutic activities for people who have learning disabilities, brain injuries, autism, mental health needs or dementia.

SweetTree Farming for All has gone into talks with Barnet Council for planning permission.

A proposal will be submitted for six buildings containing 24 rooms for people to live on the farm.

It’s also planning for an indoor training centre it can be used year round for wildlife education, a barn for storage and a farmhouse.

Site owner Barry Sweetbaum said: “There’s a huge lack of support for people with disabilities between them leaving school and home, and finding employment and alternative accommodation.

“Our proposals will give people up to three years living on the farm to immerse themselves in the work culture and to gain valuable education and independent living experience to help them move on with their lives in the community.

Farm Director Jude Allen said: “We have a paddock with about 30 sheep and lambing season is always the most eagerly awaited time of the year.

“The farm, also has donkeys, goats, ducks and chickens, it helps our clients build their confidence and self-esteem, encouraging them to achieve things they didn’t feel possible.”

SweetTree client Paul Hewitt, 39, said: “It’s a brilliant time of year on the farm and I feel really thrilled to see and hold the new-born lambs. It’s so rewarding to see new life beginning.”