Adventure learning company, Wide Horizons, Peabody Housing Association and Axis have re-opened Thamesmead’s hidden gem, Tump 53.
The mixed woodlands nature reserve which has visits from over 60 species of birds, will be open on a regular basis throughout the Autumn and Winter months. After being given a new lease of life, the centre will offer educational workshops, volunteering opportunities and fun activities.
Neil Munro, of Wide Horizons, comments “This is a very exciting project for us and we have worked really hard to set this up in a solid way. We already have schools booked in with some interesting programmes.”
Site Manager Ben Whiterod, from our Thamesmead office project managed the refurbishment, which included: liquid coating the roof, installing new guttering and down-pipes, installing new magnet locks to the gates as well as new pathways, windows and doors. The centre was also redecorated and received new floors, improved electrics and the kitchen was relocated.
The Tump was officially declared open by the Mayor of Greenwich, Ola Babatola who cut the ribbon on September 17th 2017. Peabody’s CEO, several local councillors and press also attended the event, as well as around 100 people from the local community.
Our Resident Liaison Office Sarah Cooper commented, “The children took part in a Mini-Beastie Treasure Hunt, played our sideshow games and tried to guess how many items were in the jar. They toasted marshmallows on the fire pit and listened to a story about the trees by a local storyteller. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.”
Tump 53 is open to the public every fortnightly Friday, from September until January 2018 between 10am -4pm.
• 6 & 23 October
• 6 & 20 November
• 4 & 18 December
• 15 & 29 January