Kilton Beck, E Cleveland LLS, cpt Tees Valley WT
We aim to create a high-quality natural environment for people and wildlife
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Stretching from the North York Moors right down to the North Sea sit deep, incised wooded valleys carved into the landscape.
Our aim is to create an area with a strong local identity as a high-quality natural environment for people and wildlife. The area will extend to the coast and into the National Park.
Historically, the area was dominated by industrial activity including alum mining and processing and ironstone mining. Yet, although the last mines closed as recently as the 1950s, the land’s surface bears little evidence of this and is now attractive farmland. The fields are divided by hedges and wildflower pastures that include the region’s most historical and species-rich hedgerows and these will be conserved as part of this programme.
Covering the deep valleys of Skelton Beck, Saltburn Gill and Kilton Beck is the woodland that will form the main focus of this Living Landscape. The woods surround the rivers and their many tributaries, creating corridors and networks for wildlife. It is important that these don’t become separated, individual, isolated habitats but are linked so wildlife can roam freely and spread across the landscape towards the coast.
The edge of the area is the Cleveland coast, already designated as Heritage Coast and which includes England’s highest sea cliffs. These cliffs are important for their nesting seabirds including kittiwakes and fulmars.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
The area seems set for significant change as the towns such as Guisborough become desirable rural settlements, with easy access to Teesside and therefore continued growth due to commuters. This Living Landscapes programme will accommodate these changes and be part of the positive development of the area.
To boost rural tourism, we will set up a new visitor centre at Margrove Heritage Centre providing opportunities to observe wildlife and use walking and cycling trails. The villages in the area have the potential to provide accommodation, with their close proximity to (but without the planning restrictions of) the National Park.
Our goals for conservation of the wildflower pastures and hedgerows will be achieved through small-scale grazing systems that provide the opportunity for certified wildlife-friendly meat which can then be sold at local farm shops and visitor centres. We also intend to work with farmers to promote local produce.
Scheme area: 7,000 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Lack of appropriate management
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, improving access for people, providing recreational opportunities, encouraging green tourism, providing health benefits, providing volunteering opportunities, producing local food