New operator chosen for former Gorgie City Farm site

Left to right - Shona Campbell, MHA Henderson Loggie, Cllr Adam McVey, leader of City of Edinburgh Council and Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE learning. 

New operator chosen for former Gorgie City Farm site

LOVE learning, a charity that supports vulnerable individuals, using innovative ways to engage them in learning, is to take over the Edinburgh site previously occupied by Gorgie City Farm, which went into liquidation in November last year.

Liquidator Shona Campbell of MHA Henderson Loggie has been leading the search for a new operator for the site on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council. The new operation will be known as LOVE Gorgie Farm.

Shona Campbell said:

“I am pleased to have secured such a positive outcome for Gorgie City Farm. As well as financial security we were looking for an operator with the vision and experience to breathe new life into the site and uphold the values treasured by the community. As liquidator I have been responsible for the continuing welfare of the animals on site throughout the search period and I am very grateful to the retained staff for all their support. I wish Love Learning every success for the future.”

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE learning 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.

“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.”

Council Leader Adam McVey said:

“I’m delighted that there has been such a successful outcome for the future of this much-loved community asset. LOVE Learning’s proposal meets the community’s aspirations for what continues on the site – free for families to visit, open seven days a week and supporting and providing opportunities for vulnerable young people and adults. It buys into the values of volunteering, education, farming, supporting everyone in our communities as well as providing a sustainable and financially secure future for the site.

“When the farm closed in November, I know many people worried this would be the end of such a unique venue. However, I’ve been hugely grateful for the outpouring of support and for everyone who has rallied round to get the farm back for our city.

“I would like to put on record my thanks for all the hard work Shona and her team have put in over the past few months to reaching this great outcome. We’re really looking forward to working with Love Learning in providing a fantastic facility for everyone to enjoy.”

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About LOVE learning

LOVE learning is a charity that supports vulnerable individuals, using innovative ways to engage them in learning.

Bridging the gap between education and social care, its defining mission is to improve the education and life chances of children, young people and adults, as well as their families. Services are predominantly provided to those who have missed out on education for a variety of reasons and it has a specific focus on those with additional support needs.

LOVE learning seeks to raise the level of attainment of these individuals through an integrated approach, bridging the gap between education and social care. This serves to address not only their learning needs,but their health and wellbeing. It also offers 24-hour crisis support services.

LOVE learning as a charity is supported by two businesses within the LOVE group. These provide professional training and recruitment, as well as care provision. The two businesses fund the charity, ensuring that it is sustainable by itself.

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