AN ERSKINE farm received a cash boost from Renfrewshire Council in 2009.

Lamont Farm, in Barhill Road, was visited by then education boss Lorraine Cameron, who praised the well-known charity.

The community farm, which to this day cares for sick and homeless animals, got £7,000 under the Voluntary Sector Grants approved by Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board.

Councillor Cameron said at the time: “The voluntary sector plays a vital role in supporting our local communities and we are delighted to be able to provide them with this funding to continue to develop that important work.

“Lamont Farm is an excellent example of the kind of voluntary organisation and project that these grants are designed to support.”

Established by Charlie Doran and his wife Jean, Lamont City Farm was the first city farm in Scotland and remains one of the few still providing a service to the public.

Over the years, it has given children and adults from across Renfrewshire the opportunity to meet all sorts of animals, including sheep, goats, horses, ponies, pigs and chickens.

Charlie said back in 2009: “We are absolutely delighted with the continued support from Renfrewshire Council.”

A total of 15 voluntary projects and organisations were to receive a share of £140,000 worth of grants from the council’s education and leisure service.

Councillor Cameron added: “These projects cover a wide range of areas, from arts, sport, music and dance to support for adult education and people with disabilities.”

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