Storms damage Gorgie City Farm

Farming assistant Lauren Simpson with a Seabright hen and the damaged polytunnel. Picture: Greg Macvean
Farming assistant Lauren Simpson with a Seabright hen and the damaged polytunnel. Picture: Greg Macvean
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STORM force winds have caused thousands of pounds of damage at Gorgie City Farm after destroying the roof of a polytunnel.

Staff arrived to find the £3500 structure – which is part of its vegetable patch used to supply its cafe and shop – had been wrecked by the gusts.

Farm manager Dennis Rankin said they would struggle to fund a new one at the community-run farm.

He said: “It’s torn it apart. I just turned up and saw our polytunnel was away. We’re going to have to buy a new cover which is going to cost a bit of money.

“We’ll have to put our vegetable growing on hold for a while until we get this fixed.”

Forecasters predict the winds will fade away today as the Capital escapes the brunt of the storm. A spokesman for forecasters MeteoGroup said: “Edinburgh has had strong winds but these should ease up in the afternoon as the low’s heading off towards Norway and away from Scotland.”