Project Overview

The Tees -Swale Metal Mine Project is a part of a larger National Lottery Heritage Funded project called Tees-Swale Naturally connected, this is a partnership project led by the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The metal mines component of the Tees-Swale Project is specifically to reduce diffuse heavy metal pollution from the old lead and zinc mines of the North Pennines reaching the river network. These old industrial heritage sites have great significance to the local history, and landscapes, but they also hold a pollution legacy that must be dealt with sensitively. The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Tees Rivers Trust, Coal Authority and the Environment Agency have been working together across these two catchments to identify key sites to deliver remedial work that aims to reduce diffuse heavy metal pollution while maintaining the integrity of the mine sites, and in most cases protecting the sites form water and wind erosion.

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