At Gorgie City Farm, we take groups of up to 20 for day-long sessions to help with specific projects and activities on the farm on weekdays, 9.30 a.m.- 4 p.m. We have benefited from various groups helping at the farm in the past few years, and are hugely appreciative of their hard work. By taking part in group team building on the farm, teams not only improve the services we provide and the experiences we offer, but join a fantastic community of volunteers.
The farm ask for a fee of £200 for groups of up to 10 and £300 for between 10 and 20. A non-refundable deposit of £20 is required to secure your booking date, we’ll deduct this deposit from the final fee. If you need an invoice for the payment, please let us know and we can provide this.
The group fee is payable two weeks in advance of your chosen date. The fee helps towards covering staff and materials costs for the day. It costs us around £1,000 a day to run the farm and, as a small charity, we are often limited in resources and, therefore, we do need to charge for group team building days.
Note: Match funding from your employer may allow your group to claim money for hours volunteered and/or to match funding for donations raised by you. Please contact your employer for more information.
Tasks on the day very much depend on what needs to be done on the farm at the time, and it is hard to guarantee any specific task in advance. We will try to cater for particular needs or restrictions; however, most of our work is outside and we benefit most from groups doing outdoor work.
There is no parking on the farm except for blue badge holders. There is usually free parking on the streets around. We are 1 mile from Haymarket Station and tram stop. Buses 1, 2, 3, 25 and 33 stop outside and buses 4, 34, 35 and 44 stop nearby. Outdoor cycle racks are available.
We recommend you dress in layers, wearing clothes that can get mucky and, depending on the tasks on the day, marked with paint. Bringing a change of clothes is a good idea, especially when travelling on public transport afterwards! Sturdy shoes, boots or wellies are essential. We do have some wellies on the farm but can’t guarantee to have enough pairs or sizes to fit everyone. We also recommend bringing waterproofs.
Tasks can be physically demanding. If we are aware of any special requirements in advance we can arrange for gentler tasks for groups or individuals. We have a risk assessment for groups and public liability insurance of up to £5million.
Our sheep lamb throughout the year. Contact with pregnant sheep or new-born lambs can cause miscarriages in pregnant women. We can host pregnant women as part of group team building days but we must be made aware of this in advance. Please circulate the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to your group, so that they can inform us in the strictest confidence.
We recommend that all people coming to volunteer on the farm have an up to date tetanus inoculation. Please ask all attendees to check with their doctors if they are not sure about this.
We can provide tea, coffee and water and we provide a room for your group to use throughout the day. This has a small kitchen with fridge, kettle and microwave that you can use. If you’d prefer to organise a catered lunch, we can help you to arrange this.
For more information, including how to book, please contact us on 0131 337 4202 or via email.