In 2008 West Sussex County Council granted a 999-year lease to Chichester Harbour Trust for 71 hectares (177 acres) of farmland at Eames Farm, within Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The farm lies at the heart of the AONB and boasts extensive coastal grazing marsh of national and international importance for its plants and bird life. The site is managed on a 999-year lease through Chichester Harbour Conservancy, who in turn manage the day-to-day operations through a 10-year Farm Business Tenancy (FBT), with a local, organic, beef farmer. The whole site, some 117 hectares (290 acres), is farmed through the Higher Level Stewardship agri-environment scheme and is currently undergoing organic conversion.
An old dairy block, an L-shape flint building with courtyard, had been converted into office, storage and community areas. The community area will be used for events such as talks and open farm days to raise public awareness of the importance of farming to our landscape. In addition, the site will be used for National curriculum-linked educational activities and to promote farming best practice.
The Stables offers an ideal space for meetings, training courses and events. It is available for hire by local groups and organisations. The facilities comprise a main meeting room, kitchen with microwave and dishwaster, three toilets and a shingled area with views onto the farm. There is ample parking and full disabled access.
Meeting style with tables and chairs: 30 people
Theatre style seating: up to 70 people
Clear room: 120 people
For more information please download the details and booking form.
From Chichester, take the A259 off the Fishbourne roundabout. After 6 miles turn left onto Thorney Road. After half a mile, turn right. Eames Farmis the second building on the left.
From Emsworth, take the A259 east. After about one mile, turn right onto Thorney Road. After half a mile, turn right. Eames Farm is the second building on the left.
Parking: disabled and bicycle parking are in the courtyard. All other parking is on the road by the Eames Farm building.
Restoration of Eames Farm was made possible with the generous support of: The Friends of Chichester Harbour, West Sussex County Council, Chichester Harbour Trust, The Ernest Kleinwort Trust, The FG Woodger Trust, Chichester Harbour Sustainable Development Fund and Three Harbours and a Coastal Plain Leader Project.