The Friends make grants of around £35,000 per annum towards a variety of large and small projects aimed at protecting and improving the Harbour, making it more accessible to all and providing educational opportunities.
We also provide valuable volunteer support around the Harbour and AONB - weekly work parties; regular Harbour Watch Patrols who look for issues, pick litter, effect immediate repairs; volunteers and provide a range of events to help attract interest and funds into the harbour; and generally, provide assistance and help wherever the Conservancy needs it. The friends also operate oyster boat Terror out of Emsworth Yacht Haven during the summer months when the winds aren’t too strong.
Other recent projects included:
• providing funds for essential maintenance for Solar Heritage
• the refurbishment of Dell Quay education centre
• visitor information board
• footpath repairs at Cobnor
• Footpath rebuild at Ellanore
• Technical upgrade for the Chimet weather information system
• Minor grants are also provided for a range educational activities, most recently we have supported photographic competitions, providing disabled access to boat trips on the harbour
Because the future is fairly unpredictable, the Friends carry a significant level of reserves (see Financial Accounts). For example, East Head – which protects the whole Harbour from the sea – is known to be somewhat at risk and the Friends holds a specific reserve against the possibility of a severe storm damaging it.