The Friends of a Chichester Harbour is a friendly community of individuals and organisations who share a love for Chichester Harbour and have a common interest in preserving and improving it’s unique beauty. Established as a registered charity in 1987 there are now over 3,000 individual members – walkers, sailors, nature enthusiasts, fishermen, wildfowlers, local residents, visitors – plus 30 organisational members.
The Friends make grants, currently running at £30-40,000 per year, towards the maintenance and public enjoyment of the Harbour. Your subscription as a Members (along with donations and legacies) enable the Friends to make the grants.
Members can join the weekly Work Parties run by the Conservancy Rangers – maintaining paths, planting hedges and trees and all the other tasks essential to managing the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which surround the water itself. The Friends also provides volunteers for activities such monitoring the shoreline, doing bird counts, helping with the Conservancy education programme, etc. And, of course, some members take part in running the Friends – Committee work, delivering newsletters, manning stands, etc
Every year, there is a programme of Social Events open only to Members – walks with a nature guide, talks, birdwatching, boat trips, an annual BBQ, etc. The Events provide a good opportunity to meet members from around the whole harbour who share common interests. Members also get a discount on some of the public Events run by the Harbour Conservancy.
Oyster Boat Terror
Members of the Friends as well as the public can book trips on the Terror, a lovingly restored 125 year old wooden sailing boat. Members of the Friends – all experienced sailors – run trips on the Terror throughout the summer.
Three times a year the Friends publishes a newsletter which is placed on the website. Copies are also posted to those members who prefer the printed version.
Through membership of the Harbour Advisory Committee we have a voice in the management of the Harbour. To help in preserving the unspoiled character of the Harbour we screen all planning applications and alert members to any that seem likely to have a significant impact.
The Friends collaborate closely with the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Harbour Trust as well as with a wide range of other organisations.
You can join as an individual, couple, family or organisation