Shoreline Protection - News Updates

Shoreline Conservation – completed September 2014

After a successful two year fundraising campaign by the Friends of Nore Barn Woods, the shoreline conservation project was completed in September 2014.

The woodland, on the waterfront of Chichester Harbour, and just 15 minutes’ walk from Emsworth town centre, had suffered tidal erosion over a 100m stretch of shore for a number of years. In 2012 the Friends raised funds for an interim rammed earth bank to protect a number of oak trees. Now in 2014 the bank was reprofiled, strengthened and covered with interlocking concrete Armorloc blocks to ensure that the woods are protected for the future. 

We have been overwhelmed by the strong public support we have received and the money donated. Our tea party in June 2014 raised 1,700 and we reached our target of 44,500 shortly after that. Many individuals and organisations have been extremely generous in their support of the project.  We are grateful to all of them.  (Public money cannot be used for this work as it has to be reserved for defending homes and businesses rather than open spaces.)

The contractors, Colas, were selected by Havant Borough Council’s coastal engineers as offering the best value.  The work was overseen by the East Solent Coastal Partnership.



Nore Barn Woods Celebration Friday October 17 2014

The Celebration Party was held last Friday - see attached.   It was a huge team effort and great support was given by everyone. We were impressed by the number of VIPs and Friends who turned up. Mark Stanton, (Chairman of the Friends of Chichester Harbour), cut the ribbon and made a speech at the event, certainly seemed amazed by our community- led effort.

We had a lot of good feedback from local people, funders, Councillors and the Friends of Nore Barn Woods.  There has already been press coverage in The Evening News (Havant edition) last Saturday and David Linington is busy updating the website with lots of photos. (

We also presented the patchwork quilt made by Diana Williams and raffled at the tea party back in June.  The winner, Kathryn Bingham was photographed with the quilt.

With the revetment work now complete we would like to thank all of you who have helped during the five years we have been working to achieve the shore protection.  Of course there are still the regular working parties and we hope to see some of you there, but this part of the shore project is now complete and we are delighted with the final result.

Photos HERE


Celebrations at the completion of the works - read the article from The News HERE