Volunteers restore Chichester Harbour footpath

Volunteers at work on the harbour footpath
Volunteers at work on the harbour footpath

A POPULAR harbour footpath has been given a ‘much-needed facelift’.

The Friends of Chichester Harbour and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy grouped together to transform the footpath running along the Bosham foreshore from Shore Road.

Judith Meagher, countryside officer at the conservancy, said: “The rangers and volunteers have done a wonderful job.

“They have totally transformed this footpath within a few hours.

“This work will benefit both people and wildlife – visitors can enjoy walking along the foreshore without getting muddy and this will avoid further damage to the delicate saltmarsh.”

There were 27 volunteers involved with conservancy rangers – they also planted hedging along a nearby road.

Three stretches of an old muddy track were clearly marked as a footpath and five tons of shingle were taken by wheelbarrow and spread between edging stones from the foreshore.

Several fingerposts were installed to mark the new footpath and avoid walkers straying on to nearby private land by mistake.

The footpath is used throughout the year and is particularly busy in the summer months when visitors use the Bosham-to-Itchenor ferry.

The conservancy said the path was inaccessible at high tide so it was installing information boards near the footpath, asking people to check tide times.