Our Land

The Chichester Harbour Trust now holds 12 sites and over 230 acres in total, through a combination of direct ownership and long leases.

Apuldram Meadow

This 15-acre meadow has been owned by the Trust since 2009. Wild flowers thrive around the network of freshwater ditches. The meadow is crossed by two public footpaths at the western end. The Trust holds the freehold on this land, which is rented to a local farmer for grazing cattle.

Chidmere Pond, Chidham

The freehold of this beautiful 4.5-acre lake has been in Trust ownership since 2005. The area is leased to the owners of a nearby property and provides a valuable haven for wildfowl.

The Dell, Chidham

The Trust has held a 125-year lease from Chichester District Council for the 1.3-acre woodland at the Dell since 2005. Since then, with the help of the local community, areas of the site have been cleared of scrub and planted with native tree species. With the help of a new outdoor classroom area created by the Conservancy’s Rangers, the woodland is now used by Chidham Primary School as part of the Harbour Schools programme.

Eames Farm, Thorney Island

Our largest site, at 170 acres, is Eames Farm on Thorney Island. This internationally important area of coastal grazing marsh and reedbed is grazed by a local farmer to maintain its species richness. The converted Stables buildings provide office space and a fantastic facility for holding meetings and events.

Ellanore Spit

Since 2006, the Trust has held a 999-year lease on this incredibly important 3-acre area of saltmarsh and shingle at Ellanore, West Wittering. Each winter, up to 6,000 waders use the spit as a high water roost, including Curlew, Grey Plover, Oystercatchers and Dunlin. It is also an important summer breeding bird location so each year the Conservancy’s rangers fence off the most sensitive area of the spit to avoid disturbance.

Fishbourne Meadow

Held by the Trust on a 10-year lease from West Sussex County Council, this 9-acre meadow supports a wide variety of wild flowers, including the rare Southern Marsh Orchid, and also provides a home for a thriving colony of Water Voles. The meadow is managed on behalf of the Trust by the Conservancy, and represents an important first step in creating a “buffer zone” to protect this sensitive part of the AONB.

Itchenor Field, Wittering Road

In 2017 the Trust completed the purchase of 3.2 acres of grazing land at Wittering Road, Itchenor. The purchase was funded entirely by the local community, to protect it in perpetuity from inappropriate use. The land is now rented for grazing and will be managed in accordance with the charity’s purposes.

Itchenor Meadow

The Trust owns the freehold of this small area of meadow at Itchenor, next to the Memorial Hall and which is crossed by the Salterns Way cycle route. The site is managed by the Conservancy on our behalf and a number of fruit trees have been planted to create a small orchard.

Maybush Copse, Chidham

In 2009 the Trust purchased the freehold of this once-derelict 8-acre site with huge support from the local community and the Conservancy. A fantastic new community woodland has been created, with new planting and footpaths, managed by the Maybush Copse Friends and the Conservancy for the enjoyment of local people.

Oyster Quay, Pook Lane

This small but historically important intertidal feature at Pook Lane, Warblington was purchased by the Trust in 2018. We hope to undertake dating and documentary research to find out more about its local significance.

Sandy Point Lagoon, Hayling Island

In 2012 the Trust bought the freehold of this 18-acre lagoon, lying behind Sandy Point and Hayling Island Sailing Club. This internationally important wetland habitat provides an invaluable water roost and feeding ground for a wide range of bird species.

Seaview Road, Hayling Island

The Trust has owned the freehold of this one acre site at Selsmore, Hayling Island, since 2008. The land area is let to a neighbouring householder and the remaining mudland looks after itself.