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article imageBringing farm life into the heart of the city — Gorgie City Farm Special

By Gemma Fox     Aug 1, 2011 in Travel
Edinburgh - As a city, Edinburgh has many attractions both old and new and many that are designed specifically to draw in the tourists. However, there are a few that are more well known to locals and this article is about one of them.
While most tourists to Edinburgh could tell you about attractions like the Castle, the Dungeons and even the Zoo it's highly unlikely that many of them would be able to tell you much about Gorgie City Farm, if they had even heard of it in the first place.
Gorgie City Farm is nestled among tenements, schools, shops, sports stadiums and lies on a busy main road, Gorgie Road, which is one of the main arteries in and out of the city. It's also only a short bus ride from the centre of town.
Back in 1977 the land on which the farm now lies was derelict. There were a few plans tabled which would have seen houses built on the site but people in the area decided that they'd rather see the area developed as a green space and, thanks to the works of a local community group, the area was opened as Gorgie City Farm in 1982. Since then the farm has had tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The farm has a lovely tradition of calling the senior cow Bunty Anderson after one of the main people who helped to develop the farm.
The farm is a combined educational and working farm and produce from the farm, including eggs, lambs, vegetables and manure, are sold to help with the cost of running the farm. The farm is a registered charity and is run by a board.
Visitors to the farm gain entry for free and the farm relies on donations as well as the money made from sales of the above mentioned products.
For many Edinburgh children the city farm is the first opportunity to experience farm life and farm animals first hand. Currently visitors to the farm can see cows, sheep, pigs (and piglets), chickens, turkeys, goats and horses. Added to that is the farms Wildlife Garden where one of the attractions if the frog pond. It may take a while but the frogs are there to be spotted!
Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm
The farm also has a Pet Lodge which allows visitors to hold a variety of other animals such as rabbits, snakes, guinea pigs, chickens and tortoises.
The farm is also currently residence to Abbie a female Bengal Eagle Owl who can be seen peeking through the undergrowth in the picture below.
Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm
The education centre helps children and other visitors gain understanding of agriculture and animals and animal care in general. The farm itself allows many teenagers to gain work experience in the field of farming. Although there are paid staff at the farm it's also kept going by an army of dedicated volunteers who gain knowledge of farming life while also continuing to bring a taste of farming life to the centre of the city of Edinburgh.
For more information on the farm please visit the website.
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