River Tees Rediscovered (RTR) set out in 2014 with lofty ambitions to bring about a change in the negative perception of Teesside that has existed for decades. As one of the few Landscape Partnerships that took in as much heavy industry as rural rolling hills, River Tees Rediscovered in many ways represents the human landscape, and has at its heart, people. A Landscape that has seen rapid growth, and rapid decline, it is truly shaped by the movement of people, by their ambition and their failures. It is a region of great pride and self-effacing reticence in equal measure.


Our Partnership

The River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership covers an area of 147km2 within the Tees Valley, focusing on the river corridor from Teesmouth at the coast to upstream of Piercebridge, linking with the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.

 A stage two application for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme support was successful in June 2014, unlocking £1.9m HLF funding support with the total funding package including partner contributions standing at £3.7m.

In a world that is dependent on connectivity, RTR aims to connect the heritage across the river tees area; physically connect through the Teesdale Way, North Tees Trail, our river systems and our heritage trails; structurally through our forums, networks and working groups; virtually through websites, guides, maps and virtual tours; and in person through our events, training and walks.
— LucyChapman - Partnership Manager


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The project has been developed in line with HLF’s four Landscape Partnership objectives:

  • Conserving or restoring the built and natural features that create the historic landscape character

  • Increasing community participation in local heritage

  • Increasing access to and learning about the landscape and its heritage

  • Increasing training opportunities in local heritage skills


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Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP)

to find out more please read our Landscape Conservation Action Plan