Over the last six years there has been a huge amount of progress in delivering the Tees Valley GAP. Through the hard work and success of projects the original objectives have been met or are being delivered by TVRIGS Group, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and other partner organisations.
Some of the success so far:
- Geodiversity and Conservation Management
Once a RIG site has been designated the work to protect, conserve and if appropriate promote it starts. Work to do this has been funded by a variety of sources and has included creating management plans with land owners and interested organisations, putting up interpretation boards and running practical volunteer tasks to remove vegetation and clear litter.
- Raising Geodiversity Awareness
There has been a big change in public perception of geology over the last few years, with far more attention in the media. Against this background, projects run by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and TVRIGS Group are aimed at helping as many people as possible learn about the heritage and value of the geology of the Tees Valley.
The 2003 Tees Valley Wildlife Trust GAP project, funded by HLF, started things off and, with the support of Tees Valley RIGS group and other local experts, regular walks with a geological theme have become popular with many people across the Tees Valley. Local Schools have been encouraged to look at geology through school visits and field trips. Work with local artists linking geology, art and photography helped the sites to be interpreted in many different and exciting ways. Displays, exhibitions and geologically themed activities have further promoted that idea that geology is relevant and fun.
- Production of Information Dissemination Tools
The Heritage Lottery Funded GAP project produced a very popular leaflet entitled The Geology of the Tees Valley. A more detailed interactive CDROM was produced and distributed to all schools and libraries in the region. Six sites were chosen across the Tees Valley to have interpretation boards installed explaining the geology and heritage of the area.
Funding from Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) supported the development of a TVRIGS website (tvrigs.org.uk). The website contains much of the data from the previous GAP, as well as information on the local geology and industrial archaeology, and copies of GeoTrails are available for download.
©2011 Tees Valley RIGS Group.