The following is a first draft and subject to change.
We welcome feedback from group members and the wider public.
PHASE 1 ) To raise big money and buy Lazenby Bank outright.
PHASE 2 ) To carry out an extensive programme of nature and heritage conservation including: i) A mass litter pick across Lazenby Bank and the wider hills. ii) Extensive footpath restoration and access improvement on Lazenby Bank, Eston Bank and Eston Moor. iii) Total graffiti removal at Eston Nab and the mine sites (SS Castle, 1871 Tunnel, Lowther's Fan Drift, New Bank Head and Trustee Powder Magazine).
If we pull off Phases 1 & 2 then we will be in a great position to go for major grants from the likes of Heritage Lottery Fund for bigger plans...
PHASE 3) A major landmark Miners' Memorial, on the top of the hills, featuring the names of the 375 men and boys killed in Eston mines (as featured in the 'Never Forget' booklet that accompanied the 'A Century in Stone' DVD). This would form the centrepiece of an extensive heritage trail across the hills (with vandal-proof place markers!) and be a major new attraction for Eston hills in its own right.
PHASE 4 ) 'The Eston Hills Exhibition Centre': a high-end visitors centre/museum/educational facility with state of the art displays and digital kit and gallery space; all housed in a landmark eco-building with a cafe serving hearty grub and a decent brew! We could have a team of rangers walking the site everyday, meeting the public and keeping an eye on things. School parties and walking groups could start their visit at the centre and then be taken on guided walks across the site.
And when Eston hills is deservedly and at long last, one of Teesside's top visitor destinations, we persuade Natural England to re-route The Cleveland Way from Saltburn through Errington Wood, past SS Castle, up to The Nab and across to Pit-Top before heading off to Roseberry...