We are still accepting donations to fund our ongoing heritage and conservation work.
ESTON NAB BOUGHT FOR £15,000 !
YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO: 'Friends Of Eston Hills' c/o
2 Hemble Hill Farm Cottages, Guisborough TS14 8JT
Eston Hills Hikes 2014 Craig Hornby is doing 2 guided walks across the hills SAT 6th SEP & SAT 20th SEP MORE INFO *SOLD OUT*
There have been several stolen cars being burned out this Summer. The FOEH are against ALL recreational vehicle use on Eston hills. Joyriding puts lives in danger and inflicts criminal damage on our hills. 4x4s, quadbikes and motorbikes, even when driven responsibly, are ILLEGAL and cause major damage to footpaths. The evidence is plain to see from The Shaleys to the SS Castle with the footpaths now in THEWORST CONDITION EVER.
We call on all walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders to take care
AND BE VIGILANT. If you see any illegal vehicles CALL 101.
They have to be stopped simple as that.
Whale Hill Primary School kids struggle to get to the SS Castle on a heritage hike. FOOTPATHS TRASHED BY ILLEGAL VEHICLES.
PLANNING APP WITHDRAWN !
After some 200 objections from local residents and schoolchildren, Teesside University have done the right thing and pulled their ill-conceived planning application to close a popular access route via their land to Eston hills. Their aim presumably was to stop joyriders which we support but it would have stopped everyone which simply wasn't fair. We think they should enter into dialogue with The Friends of Eston hills, the council and all affected landowners to come up with a robust and practical solution to the problem. Thanks to all those who submitted objections and thanks to the Uni for seeing sense!
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?
Since we bought the plot at the Nab, we have recieved £2,700 in further donations!
We are still taking donations as we need to fund our big clean up, conservation and heritage plans.
We still plan to go after serious grant funding later in the year. This will coincide with another public fundraising drive. It is frustrating not being able to progress fast enough but we all have work and family commitments that have to take priority!
Many thanks to all who have donated and supported us thus far. Exciting times still ahead!
Craig & The FOEH
July 2014: NON-STOP DANCING & FUNDRAISING !
The whole of Whale Hill Primary took part in a sponsored disco and raised £401 ! Thank You Whale Hill !
Mega bake and cake sale at Normanby Primary raises
over £200 !
ESTON HILLS CALENDARS 2014 - NOT MANY LEFT!
click here *All proceeds to the cause*
1st October 2013: THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS
Lazenby Bank (inc. Eston Nab & SS Castle) is up for sale at £425k. We,The Friends of Eston Hills, a newly-formed constituted community group,
want to see this stunning 214-acres of wooded hillside PUBLICLY-OWNED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - AND FOREVER ! Only by thinking BIG can we clean-up, conserve, protect and promote this neglected jewel of
Teesside heritage to the MAX for the community past, present and future...
WANTED: Half a Million - For Half a Mountain ! TO BUY ESTON NAB & LAZENBY BANK AND FUND MAJOR HERITAGE & CONSERVATION PLANS !
This is an opportunity to buy half of Eston hills and prevent it being sold off to another private owner or carved up by several owners. We think they wouldn't have quite the same interests at heart as we have! Although The Nab, SS Castle and much of the woods and footpaths are protected, NOT ALL the site is and ALL the site needs some TLC. If we own it, we can safeguard it all and embark on a major programme of clean up, conservation and access improvements. And if we manage to buy it then lots of media coverage, both local and very possibly national, would follow. And it would greatly boost our chances of landing major backing from the likes of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Imagine an extensive heritage trail across the hills with a landmark Miners' Memorial featuring the names of all 375 men and boys who were killed. Imagine a stunning Eston Hills Exhibition Centre at Conker Wood; Imagine The Cleveland Way being re-routed through the site...
It would admittedly be a huge disappointment. Raising £425k will not be easy but it is not impossible. If we can raise more than half then we can at least we can put in an offer. If it is unsuccessful, we can fund our clean up, conservation and heritage plans AND we can still go after grants. Either way, the hills will end up a lot better than they are now. BUT the site is NOT sold yet so let's keep our eyes on THE BIG PRIZE!
We need BIG MONEY NOW to buy the site! I'm calling on EVERYONE who loves these hills, Teessiders all over the world
and the 16,000 of you who bought my DVD... YOUR COUNTRY-SIDE NEEDS YOU ! Let's move a mountain and make history - like the miners :-)
Many Thanks, Craig Hornby Chair, The Friends of Eston Hills
Director, A Century in Stone
Fellow, National Endowment For Science,
Technology & The Arts (NESTA)
PLEASE DONATE HERE Using Paypal OR Plastic:
YOU CAN SEND CHEQUES PAYABLE TO : 'Friends Of Eston Hills' c/o 2 Hemble Hill Farm Cottages, Guisborough TS14 8JT