Volunteers sought to bring LOVE back to city farm

Gorgie city farm volunteers

LOVE Learning is looking for help to get the former Gorgie City Farm up and running again 

10th February 2020 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

Volunteers are being sought to help bring the former Gorgie City Farm back to life.

It was announced last month that a new facility will open at the site, with the farm set to reopen to the public as LOVE Gorgie Farm on Saturday 29 February.

LOVE Learning, an education and social care charity that supports vulnerable individuals by using innovative ways to engage them in learning, announced it was taking over the city farm in January after the farm went into liquidation in 2019.

The charity is now looking for volunteers to help prepare the site in time for its official opening date at the end of the month. Activities for the volunteers will consist of organising and tidying up the site to make it presentable and safe for both the public and the animals.

Volunteer days will take place from 10am to 3.30pm over the course of the next two weekends: 15, 16 and 22, 23 February. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole day, even an hour will help make a difference.

After the site opens its doors to the public it will remain open seven days a week and will be free for visitors. LOVE Learning intends to keep using the site as a city farm as part of their portfolio of environmental projects.

In addition, LOVE Gorgie Farm will procure educational services to vulnerable children through animal and forest therapy. It will also provide a range of professional apprenticeships and Scottish Qualifications Authority awarded qualifications, as well as organise social prescribing and wellbeing therapies in partnership with the NHS.

Lynn Bell, chief executive of LOVE Learning, said: “We are delighted to have taken responsibility for Gorgie City Farm. LOVE Learning know how treasured and important the site is for the community and we want to bring this back to the people of Edinburgh as soon as possible.

“We are asking anyone that might have been involved with Gorgie City Farm in the past, may have a fond childhood memory of the farm or that simply wants to come and give us a hand to contact us ahead of the opening.

“There is a lot of work to get done prior to opening the farm doors on 29 February and the local community, businesses and volunteers will be key for the farm to thrive and achieve its full potential.

“After we get the farm up and running on the 29th we will put in place volunteer activities for those looking to continue to be involved with our LOVE Gorgie Farm project going forward”

Volunteers are advised to bring lunch and wear old clothes and mud resistant boots. Anyone looking to volunteer should contact LOVE Learning at Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk

10th February 2020 by John Scott

Could I bring my dog to help she is friendly ?