Clow Beck Eco Centre, Darlington


The Clervaux family has had a deep connection with the fields, woods and becks around Croft-on-Tees since the 13th century. As Richmondshire landowners, members of this forward-thinking clan spearheaded a medieval movement for reform and renewal with deep Yorkshire roots.

In 1999, Bill Chaytor, a Clervaux descendent, continued his family’s tradition of good green deeds by donating 33 acres along Clow Beck for the establishment of Clow Beck Eco Centre. Its aim is to reconnect young people with nature and the sort of low-impact technologies that met human needs before the fossil fuel era.

When she was part of Amazon Nails, Barbara built the Clow Beck Eco Centre in 2000.