Friends of Tees Heritage Park (FTHP) was formed in 2007 to promote the creation of a Heritage Park along the Tees between Yarm and Stockton – rather like a mini National Park. The land is rich in the history, landscape and wildlife of the area and FTHP is working closely with local communities and the relevant statutory bodies to protect and enhance it for future generations to enjoy. This objective is summed up in our constitution “To encourage and promote the protection, enhancement and recreational use of the Tees, it’s tributaries and adjoining lands. Having particular regard for the heritage landscape and wildlife characteristics of the area and the tranquil, natural environment”. The current boundaries of the Park include all of the green spaces remaining in the Tees river valley between Stockton and Yarm, the Leven valley and Bassleton Beck/Thornaby Wood. Preston Hall and Park will be the heart of the Heritage Park and FTHP is liaising with the Friends of Preston Park group to ensure positive benefits for all.
The Tees Heritage Park is now identified and incorporated in the Council’s planning policies and included in their web sites. The Park also forms an important part of the Stockton River Corridors Partnership Initiative, a partnership between Stockton Borough Council, Environment Agency, British Waterways and Groundwork North East.
The ultimate aim is to create a Heritage Park encompassing the whole of the lower Tees Valley to the estuary, incorporating its rural and industrial heritage of which we should all be proud. This vision is encapsulated in aspirations for the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership of which FTHP is a partner. This project is in its early days and more information will be published in due course.
FTHP is a totally independent and non political organisation representing a unified community voice to protect and enjoy a wonderful facility on our doorstep