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Mayor of London Boris Johnson describes visit to Enfield college as 'eye-opening'
The Mayor of London described his visit to an Enfield college as “eye-opening” as he unveiled a brand new animal centre.
Boris Johnson opened the new animal site at Capel Manor College in Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, in front of hundreds of students on their first day back at college.
Mr Johnson said: “It is unbelievably exciting to see what is going on and see the enthusiasm of these young people and they are obviously going to get a range of skills that will always be useful, London has more green space than any other city of its size and we mean to intensify that and we think that is one of the selling points of the city.”
Not only to did the Mayor have a tour of the 30 acre college but also met a South American animal with a similar name.
He said: “I have had a wonderful time, I have seen a fridge sculpture which had green stuff growing out of the bottom of it like the fridge I have at home and I met a baby alpaca called Borisa, a beautiful animal, who is obviously going to outlive me one way or another.”
When asked about his first visit to the site he said: “Its eye opening, I feel sorry that I haven’t been here before, this is one of a network of five centres in London providing a really important skill. I am very pleased to see all the good work that is being done here and to open this fantastic animal centre.
The mayor even managed to recieve a parting gift from the college as a thank you for visiting.
He siad: "Its been a beautiful experience, I have now got a belt, my trousers will now stay up.”
The centre itself cost £500,000 to build and will house a plethora of animals from the ordinary to the exotic. The college has been offering animal care for 15 years but is now redeveloping its grounds to create a bigger space for students to work with the animals.
Principal of Capel Manor College Dr Steve Dowbiggin said: “This is a really important time for us at Capel, the newest college is animal care, its an area which we got into fairly accidentally and we have grown and grown and put the resources in and I think we are one of the best in the country.”
Students George Woodend-Smith, 16 and Paul Carben, 17, who are both studying animal care at Capel Manor were very excited to see Mayor of London at their college.
Mr Carben said: “It all came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, we arrived back on our first day and we were told Boris was coming down in ten minutes.”
Mr Woodend-Smith said: “I enjoy animal care here, it will give me great skills in the future because if you see an animal suffering you’ll be able tell what’s wrong with it and maybe treat it.”
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