Friends of Chichester Harbour

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Welcome

The Friends of Chichester Harbour draws together those who are passionate about protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural environment along the stretch of the south coast that connects Hampshire and West Sussex.

Mindful of the importance and fragility of our countryside, shoreline, waters, wildlife and marine life, we support the work of Chichester Harbour Conservancy – and other like-minded community bodies also dedicated to the sustainability of the Chichester Harbour National Landscape.

A registered charity, the Friends of Chichester Harbour welcomes all ages, embracing a broad mix of harbourside pursuits, as members (Friends).

Chichester Harbour

Between south Hampshire and West Sussex to the north of the Solent and the south-west of Chichester, Chichester Harbour and its hinterland is mapped out across 9,226 acres.

Image credit: Jaqui North

Its inlets and channels flow into smaller harbours and coastal communities – Langstone, Emsworth, Chidham, Bosham and Itchenor – with the South Downs as a backdrop and Chichester Cathedral’s spire as a focal point.  Managed by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the harbour is not only a National Landscape but also a biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) too.

It is here that cyclists, walkers, ramblers, windsurfers, kayakers, sailors, ornithologists, swimmers, day-trippers and many others with a love of the countryside, sea and nature flock all year round.

Congratulations

Many congratulations to Refilled Chichester who has been announced as the Winner of the Sustainability/Environmental category at the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI)  Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024.

The Friends partnered with the Final Straw Foundation to sponsor jointly the Sustainability/Environmental award that recognised local businesses with exemplary green credentials.

Our congratulations also go out to Weyside Organics who were Highly Commended in this category.

Both names were announced alongside all others applauded at the awards ceremony held at Avisford Park Hotel on Friday 14th June and hosted by comedienne and actress, Helen Lederer. 

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  • Many congratulations to @refilled_chichester who has been announced as the Winner of the Sustainability/Environmental category at the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI) Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024.
 
The Friends partnered with the @finalstrawfoundation to sponsor jointly the Sustainability/Environmental award that recognised local businesses with exemplary green credentials.
 
Our congratulations also go out to Weyside Organics
who were Highly Commended in this category.
 
Both names were announced alongside all others applauded at the awards ceremony held at @avisfordparkhotel_golf on Friday 14th June and
hosted by comedienne and actress, Helen Lederer.
  • Expanding our social media presence, the Friends of Chichester Harbour has recently launched its Linked In page! Providing further background news and updates with the LinkedIn community.
  • At the recent Farmer’s Market and Classic Car Show, the Friends teamed up with the Oyster Boat Terror. Owned by Chichester Harbour Conservancy but skippered and crewed by Friends volunteers, the Terror is now back in the water at her Emsworth Yacht Harbour mooring following a winter refit. 

Since mid-May, sailing trips around Chichester Harbour have been underway so if you want to sign up for a voyage on Terror this summer click on her website’s booking section and follow the on-screen instructions. Don’t forget, if you are a party of six adults, it is cheaper to purchase a whole boat charter rather than six individual bookings!  Trips last between two and three hours depending on conditions and passengers on board are encouraged to experience the thrill of sailing a traditional gaff-rigged boat by taking turns at the helm.
  • As part of a series of appearances, the Friends of Chichester Harbour gazebo will be pitched up at key harbourside venues across the coming months, as a way to meet members of the public who share the love of Chichester Harbour and their concerns for its protection well into the future. 

Co-ordinating Friends of Chichester at such events, new Outreach trustee Sophie Robinson is keen to pull together others who are equally interested in spreading the word about the work of our charity and engaging potential new supporters for our nature recovery goals. 

If you enjoy meeting people and would like to help represent the Friends of Chichester Harbour on our stand Sophie would love to hear from you and can be contacted at sophie.robinson@friendsch.org
  • Another recently-completed initiative, with support from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, is the Marina Farm remediation project. As one of a number of project partners, the Friends donated £5,000 towards the new Marina Farm Community Nature Site that was officially opened on 9 April by West Sussex’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Emma Bernard.

The former 2.5-acre brownfield site with its dilapidated farm buildings was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in December 2022. Following an extensive clearance and restoration programme, the community nature site now sits proudly on the outskirts of Emsworth and within the Chichester Harbour National Landscape. A wide range of birds and insects (including rare solitary bee species) are now being encouraged to thrive within a combination of habitats. A nesting habitat for migrating swallows comes in the form of an English Oak gazebo, for instance, and a newly-planted native woodland area is set to mature over time. A public footpath runs through the site with seating areas and information panels about the wildlife to be spotted within this haven. The footpath through Marina Farm links up with the King Charles III Coastal Path providing a scenic walk northwards through the marina towards Emsworth and southwards on to Thorney Island.
  • Join the rangers of @chichesterharbourconservancy on Thursday 11th July at 10am to help clean the beach at Chidham Bund. To directly help and volunteer at these regular conservation work parties, you must be a member of Friends of Chichester Harbour, simply by signing up and making small donation to the charity. Your donation helps protect and improve the environment of Chichester Harbour.
Many congratulations to @refilled_chichester who has been announced as the Winner of the Sustainability/Environmental category at the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI) Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024.
 
The Friends partnered with the @finalstrawfoundation to sponsor jointly the Sustainability/Environmental award that recognised local businesses with exemplary green credentials.
 
Our congratulations also go out to Weyside Organics
who were Highly Commended in this category.
 
Both names were announced alongside all others applauded at the awards ceremony held at @avisfordparkhotel_golf on Friday 14th June and
hosted by comedienne and actress, Helen Lederer.
Many congratulations to @refilled_chichester who has been announced as the Winner of the Sustainability/Environmental category at the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI) Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024.
 
The Friends partnered with the @finalstrawfoundation to sponsor jointly the Sustainability/Environmental award that recognised local businesses with exemplary green credentials.
 
Our congratulations also go out to Weyside Organics
who were Highly Commended in this category.
 
Both names were announced alongside all others applauded at the awards ceremony held at @avisfordparkhotel_golf on Friday 14th June and
hosted by comedienne and actress, Helen Lederer.
Many congratulations to @refilled_chichester who has been announced as the Winner of the Sustainability/Environmental category at the Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI) Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024. The Friends partnered with the @finalstrawfoundation to sponsor jointly the Sustainability/Environmental award that recognised local businesses with exemplary green credentials. Our congratulations also go out to Weyside Organics who were Highly Commended in this category. Both names were announced alongside all others applauded at the awards ceremony held at @avisfordparkhotel_golf on Friday 14th June and hosted by comedienne and actress, Helen Lederer.
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Expanding our social media presence, the Friends of Chichester Harbour has recently launched its Linked In page! Providing further background news and updates with the LinkedIn community.
Expanding our social media presence, the Friends of Chichester Harbour has recently launched its Linked In page! Providing further background news and updates with the LinkedIn community.
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At the recent Farmer’s Market and Classic Car Show, the Friends teamed up with the Oyster Boat Terror. Owned by Chichester Harbour Conservancy but skippered and crewed by Friends volunteers, the Terror is now back in the water at her Emsworth Yacht Harbour mooring following a winter refit. 

Since mid-May, sailing trips around Chichester Harbour have been underway so if you want to sign up for a voyage on Terror this summer click on her website’s booking section and follow the on-screen instructions. Don’t forget, if you are a party of six adults, it is cheaper to purchase a whole boat charter rather than six individual bookings!  Trips last between two and three hours depending on conditions and passengers on board are encouraged to experience the thrill of sailing a traditional gaff-rigged boat by taking turns at the helm.
At the recent Farmer’s Market and Classic Car Show, the Friends teamed up with the Oyster Boat Terror. Owned by Chichester Harbour Conservancy but skippered and crewed by Friends volunteers, the Terror is now back in the water at her Emsworth Yacht Harbour mooring following a winter refit. Since mid-May, sailing trips around Chichester Harbour have been underway so if you want to sign up for a voyage on Terror this summer click on her website’s booking section and follow the on-screen instructions. Don’t forget, if you are a party of six adults, it is cheaper to purchase a whole boat charter rather than six individual bookings! Trips last between two and three hours depending on conditions and passengers on board are encouraged to experience the thrill of sailing a traditional gaff-rigged boat by taking turns at the helm.
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As part of a series of appearances, the Friends of Chichester Harbour gazebo will be pitched up at key harbourside venues across the coming months, as a way to meet members of the public who share the love of Chichester Harbour and their concerns for its protection well into the future. 

Co-ordinating Friends of Chichester at such events, new Outreach trustee Sophie Robinson is keen to pull together others who are equally interested in spreading the word about the work of our charity and engaging potential new supporters for our nature recovery goals. 

If you enjoy meeting people and would like to help represent the Friends of Chichester Harbour on our stand Sophie would love to hear from you and can be contacted at sophie.robinson@friendsch.org
As part of a series of appearances, the Friends of Chichester Harbour gazebo will be pitched up at key harbourside venues across the coming months, as a way to meet members of the public who share the love of Chichester Harbour and their concerns for its protection well into the future. 

Co-ordinating Friends of Chichester at such events, new Outreach trustee Sophie Robinson is keen to pull together others who are equally interested in spreading the word about the work of our charity and engaging potential new supporters for our nature recovery goals. 

If you enjoy meeting people and would like to help represent the Friends of Chichester Harbour on our stand Sophie would love to hear from you and can be contacted at sophie.robinson@friendsch.org
As part of a series of appearances, the Friends of Chichester Harbour gazebo will be pitched up at key harbourside venues across the coming months, as a way to meet members of the public who share the love of Chichester Harbour and their concerns for its protection well into the future. Co-ordinating Friends of Chichester at such events, new Outreach trustee Sophie Robinson is keen to pull together others who are equally interested in spreading the word about the work of our charity and engaging potential new supporters for our nature recovery goals. If you enjoy meeting people and would like to help represent the Friends of Chichester Harbour on our stand Sophie would love to hear from you and can be contacted at sophie.robinson@friendsch.org
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Another recently-completed initiative, with support from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, is the Marina Farm remediation project. As one of a number of project partners, the Friends donated £5,000 towards the new Marina Farm Community Nature Site that was officially opened on 9 April by West Sussex’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Emma Bernard.

The former 2.5-acre brownfield site with its dilapidated farm buildings was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in December 2022. Following an extensive clearance and restoration programme, the community nature site now sits proudly on the outskirts of Emsworth and within the Chichester Harbour National Landscape. A wide range of birds and insects (including rare solitary bee species) are now being encouraged to thrive within a combination of habitats. A nesting habitat for migrating swallows comes in the form of an English Oak gazebo, for instance, and a newly-planted native woodland area is set to mature over time. A public footpath runs through the site with seating areas and information panels about the wildlife to be spotted within this haven. The footpath through Marina Farm links up with the King Charles III Coastal Path providing a scenic walk northwards through the marina towards Emsworth and southwards on to Thorney Island.
Another recently-completed initiative, with support from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, is the Marina Farm remediation project. As one of a number of project partners, the Friends donated £5,000 towards the new Marina Farm Community Nature Site that was officially opened on 9 April by West Sussex’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Emma Bernard.

The former 2.5-acre brownfield site with its dilapidated farm buildings was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in December 2022. Following an extensive clearance and restoration programme, the community nature site now sits proudly on the outskirts of Emsworth and within the Chichester Harbour National Landscape. A wide range of birds and insects (including rare solitary bee species) are now being encouraged to thrive within a combination of habitats. A nesting habitat for migrating swallows comes in the form of an English Oak gazebo, for instance, and a newly-planted native woodland area is set to mature over time. A public footpath runs through the site with seating areas and information panels about the wildlife to be spotted within this haven. The footpath through Marina Farm links up with the King Charles III Coastal Path providing a scenic walk northwards through the marina towards Emsworth and southwards on to Thorney Island.
Another recently-completed initiative, with support from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, is the Marina Farm remediation project. As one of a number of project partners, the Friends donated £5,000 towards the new Marina Farm Community Nature Site that was officially opened on 9 April by West Sussex’s Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Emma Bernard. The former 2.5-acre brownfield site with its dilapidated farm buildings was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in December 2022. Following an extensive clearance and restoration programme, the community nature site now sits proudly on the outskirts of Emsworth and within the Chichester Harbour National Landscape. A wide range of birds and insects (including rare solitary bee species) are now being encouraged to thrive within a combination of habitats. A nesting habitat for migrating swallows comes in the form of an English Oak gazebo, for instance, and a newly-planted native woodland area is set to mature over time. A public footpath runs through the site with seating areas and information panels about the wildlife to be spotted within this haven. The footpath through Marina Farm links up with the King Charles III Coastal Path providing a scenic walk northwards through the marina towards Emsworth and southwards on to Thorney Island.
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Join the rangers of @chichesterharbourconservancy on Thursday 11th July at 10am to help clean the beach at Chidham Bund. To directly help and volunteer at these regular conservation work parties, you must be a member of Friends of Chichester Harbour, simply by signing up and making small donation to the charity. Your donation helps protect and improve the environment of Chichester Harbour.
Join the rangers of @chichesterharbourconservancy on Thursday 11th July at 10am to help clean the beach at Chidham Bund. To directly help and volunteer at these regular conservation work parties, you must be a member of Friends of Chichester Harbour, simply by signing up and making small donation to the charity. Your donation helps protect and improve the environment of Chichester Harbour.
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Play Your Part

From supporting education programmes, environmental research and seeking out grants for special projects to rallying participants for out-in-the-field work parties, arranging social events and harbour tours, the Friends of Chichester Harbour seeks much needed funding and volunteer support.