In 2013 Trading Places was set up by Rockingham Forest Trust, an environmental charity that manages the Stanwick Lakes site. Trading Places was established as a Heritage Lottery funded project; giving young unemployed people an opportunity to experience the traditional crafts and skills that could be found in nearly every village and town a hundred years ago.
We soon discovered that there was a much wider interest in learning about these crafts and in 2015 each course was offered to the public for the very first time…… and then had to be repeated to meet the high levels of demand!
In 2016 we increased the number of courses offered and in 2017 we added even more. Trading Places has become a great success with the majority of courses selling out months before the course. For 2019 there will be all the usual introductory days and also some additional courses for those who would like to take their skills a little further (80% of people from the past 2 years have said they would like to come back for more courses!).
Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All the courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn.
Who we are…..
Mark Wood managers the Trading Places craft courses and teaches the greenwood courses on offer. Mark’s main role at Stanwick Lakes is as the Site Services Manager.
Mark has worked for the Trust for 9 years and has been part of the ‘heritage team’ for the past 5 years. He has been green woodworking for 7 years and has trained with Mike Abbott and Will Sinclair a Master Craftsmen with over 35 years combined experience in green woodwork/ chair making.