Gorgie City farm to re-open under new name after takeover announced

Gorgie City farm is set to re-open under a new name after new owners for the community project were announced.

The centre will re-open on the same site as ‘Love Gorgie’ and will be operated by the charity ‘Love Learning’, who beat competition from the owners of East Links Family Park.

The farm went into liquidation in November 2019, resulting in the loss of 18 jobs, but was able to continue operating after a crowd-funding campaign raised over £100,000.

‘Love Learning’, a mental health charity, propose to turn the farm into a therapy petting zoo.

In a statement from LOVE Learning, CEO Lynn Bell said: “We are incredibly excited to be taking on such a treasured resource as Gorgie City Farm.

“At LOVE learning we seek to improve the education and life chances of vulnerable children, young people and adults, as well as their families.

“Not only will the farm remain open seven days a week and remain free, but we will provide a range of exciting education, environmental and social care programmes supporting vulnerable children and adults.

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“This will include learning programmes within a newly-established skills academy, social prescribing, animal therapy and employability projects.
“In addition, our educational centre will engage with local communities on environmental programmes around farming and food production and our intention is to have a food bank and social enterprise café. It will be a real community hub.

“We would like to commend the massive community support and fully recognise the love there clearly is for Gorgie City Farm. We cannot wait to get in and to work with the Council and other key stakeholders to get it up and running.”

The new farm is set to open in the spring.

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