PICTURED: Thamesmead community helps transform former munitions factory

Frankie Bailey, six, and Jack Crawley, four, with their seeded pots.

Amy Davis, eight, with her animal mask

Harry mehmet, seven, with his pot and picture.

Ryan Mendoza, six, shows off his mask

Bradley White 14, goes pond dipping

PICTURED: Thamesmead community gets involved with transforming former munitions factory

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Hundreds of people gathered at a former munitions site in Thamesmead to learn how it is transforming into a stunning nature reserve.

The visitors enjoyed the wildlife activities at Tump 53 in Bentham Way in the Spring sunshine on April 12.

More than 200 residents had a go at activities including pond-dipping for mini-beasts, a nature trail, kingfisher and badger face-masks, painting pots and planting sunflower seeds. 

News Shopper: PICTURED: Thamesmead community gets involved with transforming former munitions factory

The event also allowed residents to get involved with the project steering group for Wild about Thamesmead, which received £50,000 in Lottery funding last November.

The project aims to regenerate Tump 53, a former munitions testing site, which now contains mixed woodland, a glade, a pond, and is surrounded by a reed-fringed moat.

More than 60 bird species have been spotted including kingfisher, willow warbler and redpoll.

News Shopper: PICTURED: Thamesmead community gets involved with transforming former munitions factory

Wild about Thamesmead’s project officer Jane Clarke said: "It’s a wildlife oasis right in the heart of central Thamesmead, with lots of opportunities to get close to nature.

"We’re aiming to open the reserve for up to three days a week, allowing as many local user groups as we can to enjoy the wildlife which flourishes here."

Visit wildlondon.org.uk/Tump-53-Wild-about-Thamesmead or call 07837 576786.

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