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The Chichester Harbour Trust is 20!

Trustees, partners and supporters of the Chichester Harbour Trust celebrated 20 years of the charity set up to protect Chichester Harbour yesterday evening with a reception at Chichester Yacht Club.

The Chichester Harbour Trust now protects 13 sites with over 275 acres in the Harbour, and that portfolio is set to expand over the coming months.

Dame Susan Pyper, in one of her final engagements as HM Lord- Lieutenant of West Sussex said, “it has been a great pleasure to act as Patron for such a passionate and proactive charity that is so wholeheartedly dedicated to protecting Chichester Harbour for all, and I wish it every success for the next 20 years..and beyond”.

The Trust’s chairman, John Nelson CBE DL said, “We have so much to celebrate in our 20 years and have come a long way since we started out in 2002 – but we recognise the challenges that the Harbour is facing, as never before, and are fully equipped to embrace them”.

At the event, Mr Nelson launched the new Fighting Fund campaign for the Trust, with the aspiration to raise at least £1.5m over the next year to help safeguard the future of the harbour. “We need to increase our fire-power; a significant capital fund will put us in a much stronger position to be able to purchase land when it comes to market”.

Recognising the increasing threats to the harbour over recent years, particularly from development pressure and water quality, Trust Administrator Nicky Horter added; "The harbour’s unique environment is fragile and is under threat now more than at any time in its past. We look forward to embracing opportunities, together with our supporters and partners, to protect this special place for future generations to enjoy".

Photo by Peter Arnold.

L-R: Nigel Atkinson, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire; Nicky Horter, Trust Administrator; John Nelson CBE DL, Chairman; Dame Susan Pyper, HM Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Patron; Georgina Fitzalan-Howard , Duchess of Norfolk.

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