Once a week throughout the year a Work Party made up of volunteer members of the Friends will be working somewhere in the Harbour.
For example, the footpath at Roman Landing had become increasingly muddy so volunteers recently wheel-barrowed and shovelled 1 ½ tons of scalping to renew the surface whilst other volunteers cut back bramble and ragwort and repaired sections of the fencing.
Some weeks earlier another party had been at Pilsey Island carrying out beach cleaning, whilst another party had been carrying out undergrowth clearance and fence maintenance in the nature reserve at Sandy Point (which is closed to the general public).
Working parties, volunteering and generally helping to run the Friends all provide opportunities for meeting and making friends with a wide group of people drawn from a wide around the Harbour. Volunteers are welcome to come along to as many or as few work parties as they wish.
In the words of one volunteer “The Work Parties get me out in the open air, give me some purposeful exercise and I’ve also acquired some new skills. "They are also very sociable affairs and I’ve formed a lot of friends through them, .... but really I go along for the dark chocolate digestive biscuits which always materialise at tea break!”.
How to join work parties
Chichester Harbour Conservancy organises work parties for 2 hours mid week for a variety of conservation tasks. These take place at different locations around the Harbour.
To attend regular work parties, you must be a member of the Friends of Chichester Harbour and complete the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Volunteer Registration Form.
Volunteers receive a schedule of tasks three times a year, with a summer break.
If you are thinking of attending, we recommend that you go along to a work party without obligation and you can become a member if you wish to attend regularly.
You can download a Volunteer Registration Form from the CHC website http://www.conservancy.co.uk/page/Volunteering/382/
The Friends also provide volunteers for Chichester Harbour Conservancy activities such as the Harbour Watch scheme which monitors and reports regularly on sections of shoreline.
Volunteers help out with bird counts, wildlife and habitat monitoring, assisting with the education program and so on.
Members also help out with the running of the Friends - committee work, organising events, providing specialist knowledge and delivering newsletters.