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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
City farms reopen to visitors
A donkey at Vauxhall City Farm
A donkey at Vauxhall City Farm
All of London's city farms are "open for business" again following the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Although none of the 14 city farms suffered from the disease, restrictions on livestock and agricultural premises during the crisis meant the farms had to shut.

Some premises were closed for as long as five months.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, visited Vauxhall City Farm and presented Jeremy Iles, director of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, with a 30,000, which will help to combat the financial effects of the closures.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone
Mr Livingstone said: "City farms are a great place to learn about animals, particularly for inner city kids who have never had the chance to go to the country.

"I also urge London boroughs to continue supporting City farms, carrying on their positive past funding record."

A 5,000 portion of the money will go towards preparing a bid for lottery funding for the future development of city farms in the London area.

The farms in the capital give a million schoolchildren a year the chance to experience a real farm.

They learn about the care of animals and their importance in our lives and the environment.

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