The idea for the Tees Heritage Park came from the local branch of CPRE (Council for Preservation of Rural England) back in 2004. It recognised that there was a huge swathe of virtually untouched countryside along the River Tees between Yarm and Stockton and in the Leven Valley. The Friends of Tees Heritage Park (FTHP), was launched formally in 2007. Working
appropriate bodies, the boundaries of the Park were defined and aspirations for its future explored.