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Big Barrage Picnic

Press Release: August 04, 2019

Date; Wednesday 7th August 2019 11am-3pm
Title; Big Barrage Picnic
Location: Tees Barrage, Stockton-on-Tees
The River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership, is supported by the National Lottery through The National Lottery Heritage Fund and aims to develop the river and its surrounding area through conservation and community activities, reconnecting the people of the Tees with their river - a natural feature that has moulded the physical and cultural development of the landscape and communities through which it runs.
Bring along a picnic or grab a bite to eat at the cafe. Take part in lots of free family friendly activities and make the most of special offers and free giveaways, including den building, river modelling, music, arts & crafts, air trail & water sports*, wildlife activities, Lego building, bee hives, Barrage tours and much, much more!
The event is on Wednesday 7th August, 11am-3pm
Groundwork Ne & Cumbria Delivery Officer James Hunter said, “We celebrate the STEM influence that the Tees Valley has on the wider world, from looking after wildlife in and around the river, to manufacturing capabilities, managing the River Tees, and activities that can be done using the river as an asset, combining to give a fantastic, free day out for families”
Tom Wright, Development & Engagement Manager Canal & River Trust said, “Last year’s Tees Barrage Picnic Event was a huge success, we’re looking forward to another great event this year where families can relax, have fun and enjoy all the excellent facilities at the Tees Barrage.”
The River Tees Rediscovered Partnership Project, part of Groundwork NE & Cumbria, received confirmation of a grant of £1.89m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in June 2014. Along with partner contributions, a programme of initiatives worth £3.7m has been delivered over the last five years, with a number of complementary projects including access and wildlife improvements (with plenty of volunteering opportunities) focusing on the River Tees corridor from the estuary, upstream to Piercebridge, west of Darlington.
For more information on the project and events, please visit www.riverteesrediscovered.org or call the team on 01642 616144.

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About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

About Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Groundwork NE & Cumbria helps people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way. We know that the important issues are all connected – so our work can’t easily be placed in boxes marked 'environmental issues’, 'regeneration', 'employment' or 'health'. We create projects and services that benefit both people and the wider environment.

We work towards a vision – of a society of sustainable communities, which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.

Creating those sustainable communities means developing initiatives that cut across economic, environmental and social issues. To achieve our vision we work together with passionate individuals, proactive public services and innovative parts of the private sector to deliver an incredibly diverse range of projects.

We are proud of being a local delivery organisation. Our local programmes and services are tailored to the needs of partners and communities. When all that local activity is added together, it becomes a major regional force for change.

For further information, images and interviews please contact:
James Hunter, River Tees Rediscovered Delivery Officer
james.hunter@groundwork.org.uk Tel: 01642 616144
facebook /riverteesrediscovered
Rebecca Lamb, HLF press office, 020 7591 6027 / rlamb@hlf.org.uk

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