The Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning has been used as a place for young people to enjoy outdoor activities since 1930. Back then the site was a working farm called "Young’s Farm". Members of a boys club called "Fairbairn Hall and the Mansfield Settlement Boys’ Clubs" in Newham began to visit the farm for weekend camps from Easter until the end of September. The farm was demolished in about 1935 and some of the buildings converted into recreation rooms for the Boys’ Clubs. The Lady Trower Trust bought the farm in 1936 and they added a swimming pool to the facilities. The site also provided a base for cross country running and additional space for rugby and cricket pitches. In 1985 The Mansfield Settlement was given a 21 year licence to use and manage the facilities at Lambourne End Centre. At around the same time, the original farm buildings were altered to provide a 36-bed residential centre and they began fundraising to recruit staff to run it. Environmental activities were introduced in the autumn of 1987 and in 1994 Mansfield Settlement became the sole corporate Trustee of the site, later merging with Aston to create Aston-Mansfield. In July 2004 Aston-Mansfield teamed up with 3 YMCAs: Forest, City and Hornsey to form the charitable company ‘Lambourne End Ltd’ who are now responsible for running the Lambourne End Centre operations.
2008 The caving system was built with the help of staff and volunteers and those who donated money towards its construction. The system was named “Stone-Burrows” in dedication to Ron Stone (one of our longest standing Volunteers) and Paul Burrows (programs manager at the time).
2010 A new climbing wall was erected over our caving system. Standing roughly 35ft tall it makes for an interesting climb. The wheelchair abseil platform was constructed which would later go on to holding our small zip line. Residential block was refurbished and redecorated. This included adding 12 solar panels to the roof to power the heating.
2011 Stables were constructed to re-house our ponies and horses, providing space for 3 ponies/horses and 2 carts (One being wheelchair accessible). Traversing wall added to climbing wall. Archery shelter built by staff and with help from Credit Suisse.
2012 POPI Barn, named by our staff and volunteers was finished mid-2012, adding one large teaching classroom, used by our animal care students, one communal area in the middle, one smaller ‘Resource room’ and a kitchen. This has been vital to the increase of students whom attend our animal care courses, our ‘Food for Thought’ projects and our farm and gardens volunteers.
2013 Swimming pool pipes, which were 76 years old have been replaced. Ropes course went through vital maintenance, resulting in the diverse and entertaining set of elements we have today.
2014 In 2014 our old camping cabin was replaced with a newer Cabin, replacing what used to be one very rustic camping room/kitchen plus and external toilet block, with a larger modern dining area, fitted kitchen, internal toilet block and disabled access toilets.
2016 2 new camping huts were constructed with help from our Corporate Social Responsibility groups providing new areas for groups to camp overnight, the red hut was later renovated into a classroom to provide a learning environment for our alternate provision groups.
2017 The climbing wall, after 7 years of service started its renovation in October of this year, once finished it will provide an even greater climbing experience to the groups we use it with, additionally it will be the starting platform for our larger zip wire and an abseil tower.