Gail Porter digs deep for LOVE Gorgie Farm

Gail Porter helps out with the alpacas at LOVE Gorgie Farm.

Gail Porter digs deep for LOVE Gorgie Farm

In advance of LOVE Gorgie Farm reopening on 29th February, Gail Porter met the staff and volunteers to help out at the farm today (15th February).

Edinburgh-born Gail like many has fond childhood memories of the farm.

A call for volunteers was issued earlier this month to assist in bringing the former Gorgie City Farm back to life, ahead of the farm opening its doors back to the public as LOVE Gorgie Farm on Saturday 29th February.

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

Gail Porter commented:

“It was a pleasure to meet Lynn, the new team at LOVE Gorgie Farm and the volunteers, all of whom are working so hard to bring the farm back to life.

“Like many people in Edinburgh and Scotland, I was saddened to see Gorgie City Farm go into liquidation last year after having made so many memories in the farm as a child.

“I am very happy that a charity like LOVE Learning decided to take over it and can’t wait to see LOVE Gorgie Farm reopen again.”

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Learning said:

“We are delighted to have welcomed Gail into the farm ahead of our grand reopening and glad to have learnt how much the site meant to her. We know how treasured and important the farm was the community and we want to bring this back to the people of Edinburgh as soon as possible.

“We are overwhelmed with the positive support LOVE Gorgie Farm has received from everyone since we announced we were taking over it last month. We are still looking for volunteers to come next weekend as there is a lot of work to get done prior to opening the farm doors on the 29th of February”

Interested volunteers can still help on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February and those looking to do so should email Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk

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Notes to Editors

About LOVE Gorgie Farm

LOVE Gorgie Farm, formerly known as Gorgie City Farm, was acquired by education and social care charity LOVE Learning. The charity supports vulnerable children, young people and adults, using innovative ways to engage them in learning and raise their attainment.

LOVE Gorgie Farm will remain open seven days a week and will be free for visitors. Its education centre will provide education services to vulnerable children and young people, including animal and forest therapy, and will engage with local communities on environmental programmes around farming and food production.

LOVE Gorgie Farm also aims to have a food bank and social enterprise café, which will aid engagement with the community.

It will also provide a range of professional apprenticeships and Scottish Qualifications Authority accredited programmes within its skills academy.

LOVE Gorgie Farm will also provide social prescribing and wellbeing therapies in partnership with the NHS, mental health and holistic therapies, and employability projects for young people and veterans.

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