Multi-million pound investment in flagship learning centres for the care of animals and the natural environment in London.
London is home to around 8 million pets and more than 7 million trees – Capel Manor College is investing £4.2m to provide the skills to ensure both animals and natural environment are well looked after into the future.
London’s leading land-based college, Capel Manor College, have announced major building developments that will enhance their student and visitor facilities. The £4.2m investment will create new purpose-built centres for both the School of Animal Management and the School of Arboriculture and Countryside Management.
London is one of the greenest cities in the world and over 60% of the capital is open land, parks or nature reserves. The wildlife population is diverse with over 13,000 species and Londoners keep a wide range of animals as pets.
The capital needs its own specialist centres to promote animal management and the care of trees and the natural environment.
The two new facilities at Capel Manor College’s Enfield centre will provide students with the skills and experience they need, empowering those living or working in London to take responsibility for and properly manage the city’s unique animal and plant population for the future.
Both centres will be opened in the Autumn and will be used by students enrolled for courses starting in September 2015.
Vice Principal, Malcolm Goodwin said: “These new facilities will give those studying at Capel Manor College vocational opportunities equal to the best in the world – our Horticultural, Floristry and Garden Design facilities are already second to none and these two new centres will mean everyone lucky enough to study at the College will have access to a unique experience.”
The London Animal Management Centre will provide over 1,000m² of modern learning space which will include exotic and reptile animal housing, laboratories, classrooms, a dog grooming parlour and teaching veterinary unit. The new building will be integrated within a two-acre complex housing animals from all over the world in eco zones representing their natural habitat.
The College is raising all the funding for the project and contributions range from £1 to £1.2m. The Government is the largest contributor, through the Skills Funding Agency, but significant contributions have also been made by the Bartlett Family, The Eranda Foundation, The Hobson Charity, Garfield Western Foundation and many others, including current and ex-students, many of whom are sponsoring a brick in the entrance hall of the new London Animal Management building.