Princess Anne visits Chichester Harbour to celebrate its outstanding natural beauty

Chichester Harbour Trust was delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, for a visit today to celebrate this unique Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 5:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 9:15 am

The Princess Royal was hosted by trust chairman John Nelson and shown displays about wildlife and conservation, education and young people, sailing and recreation by staff and volunteers.

The trust was particularly pleased that Princess Anne was able to accept its invitation to see the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during the difficult conditions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

The visit on Wednesday, May 12, was an opportunity to showcase the unique beauty of Chichester Harbour and celebrate its special qualities, which were highlighted by the Chichester Harbour Trust with Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Bosham Sailing Club in a series of presentations and a tour of the harbour.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal during a visit to Bosham on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Mr Nelson said: “We were delighted to offer Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, a keen sailor, a first-hand experience of this unique harbour and insight into its vulnerability and the hard work that goes into conserving it for everyone to enjoy, both now and in the future.”

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The visit centred on the historic Bosham Sailing Club, taking in views of Quay Meadow and Holy Trinity Church, and set against the backdrop of the South Downs, it provided a quintessential harbour experience.

A short trip on board a Chichester Harbour Conservancy RIB provided a fresh viewpoint from the water, looking over expanses of sheltered coastal waters and to the high tide bird roosts at Stakes Islands, Pisley Island and Ella Nore Spit.

The visit was supported by Richard Craven, director and harbour master of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, who skippered the RIB carrying the Princess Royal, and Paddy Mirams, commodore of Bosham Sailing Club, who led the display on sailing and recreation.