Chichester Harbour is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in southern England. Backed by the South Downs, the fingers of the estuary reach inland from the narrow harbour entrance, fringed by saltmarsh and wind-sculpted oaks. The Chichester Harbour Trust exists to ensure that the great beauty and tranquility of this special place continues to be enjoyed now and in the future.


Press Release! Chichester Harbour Trust is delighted to announce that it has successfully purchased two new areas of land in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, securing their permanent protection. The first is a 25-acre arable field to the east of Prinsted Lane, in the parish of Southbourne, which forms an important part of the landscape and setting of the northern part of the harbour. The field lies 100m from the shoreline and is framed by mature trees and hedgerows, and is crossed by two public footpaths linking it to the coastal path. It is greatly enjoyed by local people and forms a key

Oyster Quay, Pook Lane

We are delighted to announce that the Chichester Harbour Trust has recently purchased an area of intertidal land known as the Oyster Quay, at Pook Lane, Warblington.  This historic site contains the remains of an old wharf, with timbers dating to the post-medieval period. We hope to carry out further dating and documentary research to find out more about the local importance of this structure.  


The Chairman and Trustees of the Chichester Harbour Trust hosted a fundraising reception on 28th June at Bosham Sailing Club. The Chairman of the Trust, John Nelson, with a backdrop of the picturesque Bosham Channel, warned of increasingly serious challenges facing Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Over 150 supporters of the Trust attended the event including the Lord Lieutenants of West Sussex Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson, Gillian Keegan MP, and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council. John Nelson outlined the immense pressure on the Harbour, particularly from development and new infrastructure. He cited as an example the

New website for Chichester Harbour Trust

Welcome to the new website for the Chichester Harbour Trust! There will be regular blog posts giving updates on our current campaigns, site updates and document uploads. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so please follow us using the icon links above.

About us

Founded in 2002, the Chichester Harbour Trust is a registered charity dedicated to the protection of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We believe the strongest method of protection is by direct control of land through ownership or long leases, and we strive to achieve this end. We now safeguard over 230 acres of land across 12 sites throughout the AONB, working in close partnership with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the local authorities and the harbour community. Our Annual Review 2018 Our Signed Accounts 2016/17 Patrons: Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire The Duchess of Norfolk The Duke of Richmond and

Support Us

There are many ways to support the Chichester Harbour Trust. You can download a Standing Order form to make regular donations (link coming soon) Donations can be made online through our Justgiving page, or you can send a cheque or BACS payment. We welcome legacies – please contact us if you’d like to discuss how to help protect Chichester Harbour through your will.