A BEACH clean-up was held by some dedicated volunteers at Chichester Harbour.
The harbour conservancy’s new volunteer ranger team got stuck in last week at Chidham.
The team was recruited as part of a joint project between Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Friends of Chichester Harbour to help look after the harbour environment.
Chris Harvey, one of the new recruits, said: “I have enjoyed volunteering in the harbour for many years, and this is such a great way to take it to the next level and get stuck into conservation projects – after all, this is the area where we love to live, work and spend our leisure time and we want to help keep it special.”
The new recruits, of whom Chris is one, are assisting the conservancy’s two full-time countryside rangers in carrying out conservation work throughout Chichester Harbour.
As well as supporting weekly volunteer sessions such as Friday’s shoreline litter pick, they will be working on special projects around the harbour, including building boardwalks and bird hides, and repairing the well-used coastal paths.
Mark Stanton, chairman of the Friends of Chichester Harbour said: “We are delighted to support this project by funding the kit for the team, and the volunteer rangers are drawn from the Friend’s membership of 3,000 people.”
Meanwhile, the director of the conservancy Siún Cranny also praised the importance of the work done by volunteers to help maintain the environment of the area of outstanding natural beauty.
“This is a wonderful way for local people to help look after this very special place for everyone to enjoy – we are delighted to have such a dedicated team of volunteers, with whom we can achieve so much more by working together,” she said.
While this week saw the launch of the new team, the past weeks have seen staff helping out keeping the harbour clean.
Conservancy staff have joined the Bosham Association to clear the shoreline on Shore Road, where large amounts of litter and seaweed were washed over the seawall during winter storms, leaving ‘an unsightly and rather smelly gift for the residents of the village’, according to the conservancy.