The Heritage Coast Partnership is thrilled to that National Lottery Heritage Funding has been secured for the coastline between the rivers Tyne and Tees. This will be the UK’s first marine Landscape Partnership scheme. The Seascapes Partnership comprises of a group of local, regional and national partners that work in the coastal, marine and heritage sectors.
This funding will allow us to fully develop and deliver a scheme of 23 projects set to benefit our coastal heritage, the marine environment and local communities.
What is SeaScapes?
SeaScapes is the UK’s first Landscape Partnership scheme. We’re calling it SeaScapes for short, but the full title is Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas – SeaScapes Partnership.
The scheme focuses on the undervalued Magnesian Limestone seascape between the rivers Tyne and Tees in North East England. This coastline is characterised by its unique geology and is largely designated as Heritage Coast; quite often overlooked as perceptions are blighted by an industrial past. This seascape is rich in maritime, wartime and natural heritage; though much of this is out of sight, held only in memory or hidden beneath the waves, and just waiting to be discovered.
Through the 23 projects, the SeaScapes scheme will improve access to beaches, explore the shipwrecks and habitats beneath the waves, improve biological recording through citizen science, construct a coastal conservation centre, tackle marine litter and create opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy being on and in the sea. The scheme aims to take a community-led approach from the beginning, engaging coastal communities and sea users throughout development and delivery.
Who are the SeaScapes Partnership?
We are a partnership of local, regional and national organisations working in the coastal, marine and heritage sectors that have come together to better protect and celebrate the unique but all too often overlooked coastline between the rivers Tyne and Tees in North East England.
The Heritage Coast Partnership is one of the Partners, alongside South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Hartlepool Councils, the National Trust, Northumbrian Water, Durham Wildlife Trust, North East Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Natural England, Groundwork, Marine Management Organisation, the Environment Agency, East Durham Heritage Group, Donnison School and Durham and Newcastle Universities.
The Partnership would welcome community representation, please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.
What happens now?
We aim to commence the Delivery phase of the scheme this year when we will start delivering these exciting projects! The SeaScapes scheme will run for 4 years (2020-24), delivering around 23 projects to the communities of South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham and Hartlepool.
How can I get involved?
For more information, please contact Niall Benson, Heritage Coast Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03000 268130.