The Friends of Tees Heritage Park (FTHP) group was formed in 2007. Initiated by the Stockton Branch of CPRE it was set up as a totally independent organisation incorporating committee members representing the various communities and parishes in the Tees Valley between Yarm and Stockton. The primary objective at that time was to highlight the special character of the lands and their importance in the heritage and landscape of our area. The group established the boundaries of the Heritage Park in consultation with Stockton Council and the Park is now included in the Council’s policies for the future. The next stage has been to provide tangible benefits for the community and lottery funding was achieved in 2010 to implement Phase 1, which is now complete. Additional sustainability funding to further involve the communities has been achieved and a business plan for expanding on Phase 1 is being prepared.
There are currently nearly 100 members and their support has been crucial to the Park’s success, particularly recently successfully fighting planning applications for inappropriate development within the Park area – at odds with the stated aim of creating a peaceful and tranquil environment.