Rockingham Forest Trust

The Charity that Manages Stanwick Lakes

Who is Rockingham Forest Trust?

Rockingham Forest Trust is an environmental charity which has been connecting people and places for over 25 years. It was formed in 1993, following a bid to locate the National Forest in the Rockingham Forest area. Although that bid was unsuccessful, the Trust was born, and has come a long way since those early days.

Today, the Trust is based at Stanwick Lakes, a countryside attraction and nature reserve in East Northamptonshire which we run as a social enterprise. The profits from the business are re-invested to enable us to achieve our charitable objectives.

Exploring, celebrating and conserving local heritage remains at the heart of the Trust’s mission and we offer education, both environmental and heritage, to school groups and all age groups within the local communities. An increasingly important part of our work involves bringing people closer to nature and the environment and working with groups to promote health and wellbeing.

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, for which we are extremely grateful.

Donate to Rockingham Forest Trust

Rockingham Forest Trust is an independent, environmental charity which receives only a small proportion of its income from local grants. The rest comes from trading through the social enterprise at Stanwick Lakes, and from fundraising campaigns. Donations are a vital source of funds.

If you would like to make a donation to Rockingham Forest Trust, you can do so in the following ways:

Directly to RFT

Rockingham Forest Trust

Account number 31132375

Sort code 54-21-22



Please post cheques, made payable to ‘Rockingham Forest Trust’, to Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY.

Alternatively, you can give donations/cheques to a member of staff in the Snack Shack.