Tump 53 / Wild about Thamesmead

Tump 53, Wild about Thamesmead

Tump 53 is a former munitions testing site which is now a beautiful nature reserve in the heart of Thamesmead in south east London. The Wild about Thamesmead campaign secured funding to re-open the site in 2013.

Tump 53 is currently (2018) managed by Peabody. London Wildlife Trust is no longer working at this location. For more information please contact Jack Gower, Tump 53 Project Manager for Peabody on jack.gower@peabody.org.uk

Tump 53 dates back to the days when this area was largely uninhabited marshland. Tump 53 is one of the few remaining tumps which were originally built by the nearby Royal Arsenal to store gunpowder, encircled with blast walls and moats.

Tump 53 contains mixed woodland, a glade, a pond and is surrounded by a reed-fringed moat. Over 60 bird species have been found here, including kingfisher, willow warblers and redpoll.

In November 2013, thousands of Thamesmead residents voted for the Wild about Thamesmead project, which aimed to secure £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to kick-start the recovery of the Tump 53 nature reserve.

The Wild about Thamesmead campaign was successful and London Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Trust Thamesmead, Gallions Peabody Group and the residents of Thamesmead, now manages the site for the benefit of the local community and the wildlife which flourishes there.

We will work with our partners and local volunteers to open this beautiful site up to families, school groups and other visitors, allowing them to enjoy and share this fantastic wildlife garden.

Tump 53 - more information

Tump 53 is located next to Hawksmoor Primary School on Bentham Road in Thamesmead. Buses: B11, 244, 472 (Hawksmoor School Bus Stop)

Opening hours: We're working on new opening hours for Tump 53 for 2015 and we will publish them as soon as we can. We hope to see you there soon! 

For more information contact Jane Clarke, Project Officer with Wild about Thamesmead jclarke@wildlondon.org.uk / 07837 576786


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