Gorgie Farm prepares to reopen its doors by end of the month

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LOVE Gorgie Farm, formerly Gorgie City Farm, is set to reopen its doors again later this month.

The farm has adopted social distancing measures to be able to welcome visitors again from Monday 29th June.

Animal-lovers will need to adhere to social distancing measures, but will still be able to view the farm’s residents and enjoy takeaways from its cafe.

The farm will be operating with a temporary one-way system and an open picnic area and other measures to ensure groups of visitors don’t gather too closely. 

Staff will be using PPE and hand sanitizer will be supplied.

During lockdown the farm has been acting as a focal point for the community, operating as a food bank and delivering free breakfast for children amid school closures.

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It also provides free pet boarding to those who were unwell or had to be temporarily admitted into hospital.

The farm will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm seven-days a week and visitors will have the opportunity to see pigs, cows, sheep and goats, as well as its alpacas.

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Learning, who operate the farm said: “We look forward to welcoming back visitors to LOVE Gorgie Farm at the end of the month.

“The safety of our staff and visitors is paramount and we have introduced a range of measures to build trust and confidence.

“Lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone and while closed the farm has been a crucial local resource, acting as a food bank and providing free pet boarding.

“Travel restrictions remain in place and, for the immediate future, the farm will be restricted to welcoming local communities.

“The connection with the environment that we can provide is vital for the well-being of all.

“This is a first hugely important step in a return to normality and we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we resume operations in a way that works for everyone.

“While free, any donation that can be provided will be much appreciated.”

 
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