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.
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.
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