Wild About Thamesmead
At the end of 2013 we celebrated a fantastic win in the People’s Millions awards, which will see £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund awarded to ‘Wild about Thamesmead’, a campaign to regenerate Tump 53, a neglected wildlife reserve in the heart of Thamesmead.
The Wild about Thamesmead campaign, a joint partnership project between Trust Thamesmead, London Wildlife Trust and Gallions Housing Association, went head-to-head with another London project in a bid to secure the funding, with the winner being the project which secured the most public votes. So a big ‘thank you’ the residents of Thamesmead, from the voters to the volunteers and local schools for supporting us in their droves.
Tump 53 is a former munitions testing site which has been reclaimed for nature. The site now contains mixed woodland, a glade, a pond, and is surrounded by a reed-fringed moat. More than 60 bird species have been spotted at this unique site, including kingfisher, willow warbler and redpoll.
London Wildlife Trust will now work with local residents and in partnership with Trust Thamesmead and Gallions Housing Association, to open the site up to local families, school groups and volunteers, allowing them to enjoy and share this fantastic, green space.
The Trust's Head of Partnerships & Engagement, Lucy Webb said: “We are delighted to see this opportunity to bring such an important community resource back into regular use. More importantly, this win demonstrates what can be achieved when the local community joins together in collective action and we want to thank Thamesmead’s residents and the wider Thamesmead community for coming out in force on Tuesday and voting for Wild about Thamesmead”.
Gareth Morgan, Director of London Regions with London Wildlife Trust, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support shown for Tump 53. Local residents love this green oasis in the heart of their community, and this was shown in the strength of the voting on Tuesday.
“Tump 53 is a fantastic site but a lack of resources has meant that the reserve remained locked up and poorly used. Winning the People’s Millions will allow us to really invest in this unique site, enriching the local wildlife and enhancing the lives of those who live around Tump 53.”