Thanks from the Harbour Master.

2 July 2019
Dear Oliver,

Friends of Chichester Harbour Support 2018/19

In preparing this round of committee papers, a draft copy of the Annual Review for 2018/19 was circulated to Members for their consideration. Within the document, the following outstanding points were recorded during the last year:

• 39 Friends of Chichester Harbour conservation work parties took place, with a total attendance of 714 volunteers. They collectively worked 1,428 hours of volunteer time.
• The Volunteer Rangers (Harbour Watch) collected 29 bags of litter over, contributing 31 hours of volunteer time.
• We planted 1,000 trees, with a further 300 trees planted by Chichester District Council.
• The Friends of Chichester Harbour provided an AONB Project Grant to Chichester Harbour Conservancy. This was derived from membership fees. The funding helped to pay for an upgrade to Cobnor Footpath (£4,410); a contribution to the replacement of Thornham Point Bridge (£5,000); the Education Service projects, specifically Junior Conservancy, Get Afloat!, and the Outreach Sessions (£7,000); new Tern Rafts for Stakes Island (£8,000) and four new interpretation panels, at the Grainstore on Dell Quay, at Apuldram Airfield, at Salterns Copse, and at Redlands Meadow (£4,000).
• The Friends of Chichester Harbour surveyed every footpath, and the Salterns Way, in the AONB. The findings provided baseline information for a new online database, called Conservation Management System Interactive (CMSi).

The above summary demonstrates, perhaps even more than ever, the considerable value that the Friends of Chichester Harbour add to the work of the Conservancy, and its importance in assisting us in conserving and enhancing the AONB.

The standout achievement was surveying every footpath and the state of the Salterns Way, some 70 miles in total. The results provided us with baseline data which we will use throughout the implementation period of our new Management Plan (2019-2024).

Following an extensive public consultation on our new Plan, we now have a long list of objectives that we would like to deliver over the next 5 years. It is hoped this list will enable a strategic discussion on the Friends Executive Committee as to projects that the Friends may wish to sponsor in the years ahead.

In the meantime, we have the Plastics Symposium to look forward to next week, which I am sure will be another success for our organisations. Thank you for your ongoing and invaluable support.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Craven
Director & Harbour Master