Connecting people and places for good

Who we are - Our Achievements

Over the years the Trust has worked on a range of projects with many organisations and communities within the Rockingham Forest area and further afield. We have grown from a small organisation with only a few paid employees to one which now employs around 30 people across the charity and social enterprise. Many volunteers also support our work at Stanwick Lakes, working outdoors on conservation tasks, or in the cafe, shop and Discovery Zone, also assisting in the office.

Here are just some of the projects we have worked on over the years with local authorities, organisations and community groups:-

Stanwick Lakes – Development of a 750 acre former quarry into a thriving visitor attraction and nature reserve

People of the Forest (POF) a Heritage Lottery project 2006-2008 – A £467,000 heritage project that worked with communities, schools, land managers and Local Authorities. It also created a comprehensive online Heritage Resource Centre, and a book, A Legacy of Kings (now out of print)

A Legacy of Kings, The Story of Rockingham Forest published by Rockingham Forest Trust

LEADER+ (Rockingham Rural Revival) 2002-08 – A £1.2 million rural development project funded through Europe to support innovative projects in rural Rockingham Forest

Small Grants Scheme – a LEADER+ project to support smaller-scale innovative projects

Community Planning Network – a LEADER+ project to share information and best practice in relation to local development planning

Woodworks pre 2003 – A £220,000 vocational training scheme with the aim of improving woodland management in the East Midlands. Rockingham Forest Trust worked with 100 businesses, delivered 378 training days and 82 industry recognised certificates

Building on Tradition 2000 – a book adopted as supplementary planning guidance written to advise planners when building in the Rockingham Forest

Weldon Woodland Park – development of a park with woodland areas, play equipment, surfaced paths, picnic tables and open spaces. £250,000 funding from landfill tax money (EB Northants)