Tump 53 Nature Reserve Outdoor Education
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Inside Tump 53 Nature Reserve – South London’s top hidden gem for outdoor learning

To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day (23 May) we’re spotlighting the magnificent Tump 53 Nature Reserve, located next to Hawksmoor School in The Moorings.

Once used to store ammunition in World War II, Tump 53 Nature Reserve is an expansive area of land made up of diverse woodland that serves as an outdoor education space where groups of children, young people and adults can immerse themselves in the environment while learning and exploring the grounds.

As well as its vast outdoor space, Tump 53 houses an indoor classroom adorned with children’s artwork and pieces of ‘treasure’ foraged from the woodland.

Peabody delivers an education programme from the site, which incorporates the national curriculum and is led by a team of expert outdoor/environmental educators. Schools are invited to book half day or full day sessions for classes of up to 32 students.

The Forest School Learning Initiative also uses Tump 53 as a training venue so that outdoor educators can learn how to teach forest school courses to children of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the year during half term, Tump 53 opens up to the public and hosts open morning sessions for children and their families – delivering a range of fun-filled, education-packed activities that encourage exploration, imagination and creativity.

Find out more about Tump 53 Nature Reserve, including how to book school sessions, here