Volunteering Opportunities

How to become involved at Stanwick Lakes

How do I get more involved at Stanwick Lakes?

There are many ways in which you can become more involved by volunteering at Stanwick Lakes, whether it is outside doing conservation work, volunteering for a specific project, manning the reception desk or working with children making crafts in the Discovery Zone. As a charity Rockingham Forest Trust, who manage Stanwick Lakes, are incredibly grateful for the time and dedication that volunteers give to Stanwick Lakes to help make it the great place it is!

Project Volunteering

Gardeners Wanted for Exciting new Heritage Project!

The “Settlers of the Nene Valley” Heritage Lottery funded project is looking for volunteers to help build a new heritage garden.

The “Settlers” project, managed by environmental charity Rockingham Forest Trust, is exploring, re-creating and celebrating the lives of the Neolithic, Bronze & Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval people who settled at Stanwick Lakes over the past 5,000 years. It is one of sixteen community and heritage projects which are part of Northamptonshire’s “Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme”.

Ancestral Garden:  Wanted! – Volunteers to help build and cultivate our garden

An exciting part of the project is the creation of a small ancestral garden alongside the barn.

The garden will be used to cultivate plants that the settlers would have grown and demonstrate how they were used, such as in cooking and textile dyeing. The project is working with historical gardener, Michael Brown, to ensure that the plants are as historically and geographically accurate as possible. If you’re already a keen gardener, or just like the idea of getting involved, why not help build and cultivate the garden?

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, and you would like to find out more, please email settlers@rftrust.org.uk  or telephone 01933 625527.

The Otters Holiday Club Volunteering

We are looking for volunteers to assist the Play Rangers and Play Workers in running the Otters Holiday Club during the school holidays. The club is for children aged 5 – 11 years old, and the role is to help ensure the safety and well-being of the children in the Club’s care. Please see the document below for more information. If you are interested in volunteering, please send us a covering letter to info@rftrust.org.uk, post to Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Northants, NN9 6GY or hand in to Reception in the Visitor Centre.

Volunteer for the Otters Holiday Club

Indoor Volunteering

If you are interested in getting more involved inside at Stanwick Lakes, there are many opportunities for volunteering. Perhaps you would like to help man the visitor information desk or the rangers’ log cabin during peak periods. We are always keen to hear from people interested in getting involved with craft activities in the Discovery Zone or helping out with a particular event or even helping out in the café.

For more information on what you can become involved with please contact Melanie Humphreys on (01933) 625522 or email info@rftrust.org.uk.

Outdoor Volunteering

If you are interested in getting more involved outside at Stanwick Lakes, there are many opportunities for volunteering, from helping out at events to practical tasks around the site.

Work Parties

Wednesday work parties meet every Wednesday morning throughout the year from 10am – 4pm to do conservation and maintenance tasks on the site. Jobs which are likely to be included are willow removal and coppicing, hedge laying, building new bird hides, pruning trees and general site maintenance.

Everyone is welcome no matter what your fitness levels. There is no obligation to stay for the whole day; do as much as you feel comfortable with, as long as you are here for the start time.

The Rangers also hold one Saturday work day each month, usually on the 3rd Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Work Party Dates

For information on work party dates, please contact the Rangers on 01933 625522.

For all work days please wear warm old clothes and sturdy boots [not trainers] and bring waterproofs with you. Gloves and tools will be provided as will tea, coffee, juice and biscuits, but please bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the day.

If you are interested in joining our dedicated group of FOSiLs (Friends of Stanwick Lakes) then please call (01933) 625522 and ask the ranger team for details.

Volunteer form