It is recognised in Stockton-on-Tees Borough Councils policies as a defined entity, and provides an area of special landscape and cultural heritage for local communities and the wider public to enjoy. The Friends of Tees Heritage Park (FTHP) was formed in 2007, initiated by the Stockton Branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England. They are set up as a totally independent organisation, incorporating committee members representing the various communities and parishes in the Tees Valley between Yarm and Stockton.  The Tees Heritage Park concept developed as a direct result of community concerns to protect what open space was left and to benefit from it. Friends of Tees Heritage Park have actively engaged with volunteers, partners and stakeholders to promote the Park to a wide audience and to together develop the ways this vision could be realised. This project aims to widen the Tees Heritage Park offer currently centred around Preston Hall and Park from upstream of Surtees Bridge in Stockton, to south of Yarm along the river corridor. Project elements include developing access to existing sites throughout the landscape partnership area for wider connectivity, whilst also linking with the Teesdale Way and Heritage Trails which runs through the Partnership area.