Judi Darley, Communities Officer with Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Alan Rice, Conservancy Member have both been honoured with the Landscapes for Life Award. This national award from the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty recognises those who have contributed 20 years or more to the conservation and enhancement of AONBs.
Judi Darley has worked for Chichester Harbour Conservancy since 1996 and is committed to sharing her love and knowledge of the Harbour with residents and visitors alike. Over the years, Judi has established a year-round programme of walks, activities and talks based at many locations all around Chichester Harbour, reaching out to the public through a range of themed events.
She has been instrumental in a number of projects that have become cornerstones of the Conservancy's community work. She instigated the Conservancy's school field trip programme and oversaw the planning and renovation of a humble, harbourside store in Dell Quay which became the Conservancy's Education Centre, opening in 1999 and now delivering around 10,000 sessions a year. She worked on the Heritage Lottery Funded project to acquire Solar Heritage, a solar powered catamaran capable of taking 50 passengers at a time that has been allowing people to enjoy the Harbour from the water for a decade. She developed Junior Conservancy, a field trip that allows local school children to learn about the Harbour and then debate current issues in the formal setting of the Council Chamber at County Hall.
Councillor Alan Rice TD is the Conservancy's longest serving member, joining in 1997. He comes to the Conservancy as a representative from Hampshire County Council and was Chairman from 1999-2002. He is known for his experience of local government, knowledge of the Hampshire countryside and his keen and timely sense of humour. In short, Alan is well-liked and a valued Member. He was also awarded the Freedom of the Harbour in 2002.
The awards were made at the Annual Conference of the National Association of AONBs that took place last month in Shropshire, and they were presented by Roger Price, Chairman of Chichester Harbour Conservancy at last week's Conservancy Meeting. Councillor Price said "I was delighted to have the opportunity to present these awards, on behalf of the NAAONB, to two such deserving people". Both recipients were given a certificate and a copy of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book courtesy of Visit Britain.