Shock and sadness as much loved charity closes

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A crowdfunding effort in 2016 raised £100,000 to keep the charity going.

18 jobs will go at charity which was saved from closure in 2016

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1st November 2019 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

There was sadness as a much loved Edinburgh charity was put into liquidation.

Gorgie City Farm has been forced to close after 40 years, citing a “tough funding climate”, with the loss of 18 jobs.

The charity faced closure in 2016 when a massive fundraising effort was made to save it.

However, it was announced today (Friday, 1 November) that liquidators MHA Henderson Loggie have been appointed to wind up its affairs.

The charity promoted environmental sustainability, community development and social inclusion.

It has welcomed around 200,000 visitors a year since it was saved from closure in 2016 after a successful crowdfunding appeal raised in excess of £100,000.

As well as being a visitor attraction, it is also a working farm and provides assisted volunteering experience for hundreds of people each year who face barriers to employment.

It received funding from City of Edinburgh Council, various grant giving trusts and individual donors and generates additional income through its café and animal boarding service.

The farm is home to a variety of animals including sheep, pigs, ducks, geese and chickens and a number of smaller animals.

Gorgie City Farm chairman George Elles said: “Falling revenues due to a decline in external funding, and rising costs, have made it impossible for Gorgie City Farm to continue to provide our services to the community in Edinburgh.

“We were buoyed by the successful appeal three years ago but sadly cannot find a route to a sustainable future in the current funding climate. We are sincerely grateful to all our staff who have worked tirelessly to provide much needed services and an accessible amenity for the city, and to our volunteers who have been inspired by the opportunities and support we have been able to offer.

“We don’t underestimate what this decision will mean to them all and are full of pride of what they have achieved.”

Shona Campbell of MHA Henderson Loggie added: “The trustees have reached the responsible decision wind up the charity with regret after exploring all options open to them in the face of a tough funding climate.

“It is always difficult when people lose their jobs through no fault of their own and we will now undertake to act as efficiently and sensitively as possible to provide support in matters concerning staff and volunteers.

“The welfare of the animals being cared for at Gorgie City Farm is equally important and they will be well looked after until new homes are found for them.”