HRH The Duke of Kent boards the Solar Heritage
All photos: Peter Arnold
We were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent to Chichester Harbour on Friday. The Duke was visiting Chichester Harbour as part of the celebrations of 50 years since designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Duke was introduced to the Harbour, Environment and Office Teams and he took the opportunity to ask them about the varied nature of their work. He then took a trip on the Solar Heritage, our solar powered catamaran, and learnt from representatives a number of local organisations about some of the pressures facing the Harbour. Overdevelopment, water quality and sea level rise are just some of the issues that threaten the environment of Chichester Harbour and it is the Conservancy’s job to protect the area for the future. He listened carefully whilst seeming to enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquillity of this wonderful landscape at first hand in the warm autumn sunshine.
After a short lunch at Itchenor Sailing Club, Judi Darley, our Communities Officer presented The Duke with a gift of Harbour Honey, highlighting this important project that promotes honey bee conservation in the Harbour.
Accompanying The Duke on his visit were Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, Mrs Amanda Jupp – Chairman, West Sussex County Council, Cllr Martyn Bell – Chairman, Chichester District Council, Mrs Diane Shepherd – Chief Executive, Chichester District Council, Mr Pieter Montyn – Chairman, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Mr Richard Craven – Harbour Master, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Mr Robert Macdonald - Chairman of Advisory Committee, Mr Nick Fox - Chairman of Chichester Harbour Federation, Mr Mark Stanton - Chairman of Friends of Chichester Harbour, Mr John Nelson - Chairman of Chichester Harbour Trust, Mr Jonathan Bradbury – Operations Manager, Hayling Lifeboat Station, Dr Richard Austin - AONB Manager, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Mrs Dorothy Cox – Executive Officer, Chichester Harbour Conservancy