The new volunteer ranger team, with the Conservancy’s Countryside Rangers Georgie Siddle (front left) and Keith Rathbone (centre back) Photo: Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
Chichester Harbour’s new Volunteer Ranger team set to work today with a beach clean at Chidham. The team were recruited as part of a joint project between Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Friends of Chichester Harbour to help look after the beautiful Harbour environment.
The new recruits will assist the Conservancy’s two full-time Countryside Rangers in carrying out conservation work throughout Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as supporting weekly volunteer sessions such as today’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”.
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 itto 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 Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Siún Cranny, emphasised that volunteer support is vital in helping the Conservancy’s work. “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”.