New Coastal Defences at Nore Barn Woods


Nore Barn Woods is an attractive area of public open space in Emsworth, adjacent to the shore of Chichester harbour.

A volunteer group called ‘The Friends of Nore Barn Woods’ (The Friends) successfully raised funds to provide coastal erosion risk management to an area of coastline here which was vulnerable to erosion.

Together with help from 10 grant bodies and over 100 individual donors, The Friends were able to raise the impressive amount of c.£45,000 which will cover 100% of the cost of the project.*

The funds were used as contributions to design and construct the new sloping revetment, which was constructed using interlocking Armorloc blocks. The design is in keeping with other coastal defences along this section of harbour.

The affected area has a lot of valued vegetation including a large number of trees, 6 mature oaks and a number of wild rose bushes. There is also a public footpath 1 meter from the edge of the bank.

The new Armorloc structure will reduce the risk of further erosion along this stretch of the coastline.

The new defences were designed and project managed by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership. Construction began on 3rd September and was completed on time and within budget, with a completion date of 29th September 2014.  The works were carried out by Colas Ltd.

 *Source: The Friends website -