The Heart of Teesdale project left many legacies, including Northern Heartlands and a digital app that is available to download.
A project that ran from 2011 – 2016, the Heart of Teesdale explored, celebrated and conserved Teesdale’s unique landscape and cultural heritage. It helped people:
- To re-discover the particular visual qualities of Teesdale drawing on the historic and cultural legacy of artists, scientist and others.
- To understand the historic value of the local landscape and how it has been shaped over time.
- To conserve or restore the built and natural features that characterise the area.
- To take action to protect the local environment and wildlife, and increase biodiversity.
- To enhance the quality and amenity value of public and community spaces, key views and settings for enjoyment and learning.
- To engage individuals and communities in learning, training, skills and new technology to understand and interpret the local landscape, traditions and heritage and improve access, especially by those who might be disadvantaged or excluded from activities.
- To promote opportunities for cooperation, mutual support and volunteering within the community to develop strategies and action so that the benefits of partnership can be sustained long term.
The Heart of Teesdale released an app focusing on the heritage of the area. Free to download it celebrates the historic and modern heritage of the project area, drawing on research carried out during the project and existing knowledge.
The app appeals to visitors and locals alike as it also highlights some of the lesser known places.
Sites featured include the Viewmarker art pieces’ locations, haiku poetry, and a recently consolidated lime kiln. There are also walking routes followed through GPS tracking.
To download the app search for ‘Heart of Teesdale’ on iTunes or on Google Play.