The Mersea Harbour Protection Trust 

The Trust is made up of a group of local people with a stake in the future of the harbour and the Mersea waterfront. The Trust has applied for charitable status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation governed by a constitution managed by a small group of Trustees. Stakeholder Members of the Trust include the local oystermen, commercial fishermen, boatyards, yacht clubs, waterfront businesses and landowners. Many concerned people from the local community support the Trust as Associate Members. We have the enthusiastic support and encouragement from local MP, Bernard Jenkin.

The priority tasks facing the Trustees will be:

  • To communicate with the wider local community to get a consensus behind the project
  • To raise funds for the covering of operating costs of the Trust through grants, donations and contributions.
  • Obtain the necessary licences and consents, including arranging any environmental impact and hydrodynamic assessments required which might cost up to £150,000.
  • Negotiate with HHA for the supply and delivery of the material to Mersea, hopefully at no cost.
  • To direct and supervise the placing of the material as it is delivered.
  • To monitor the long term effects of the recharge on the topography and wildlife.

The Mersea Recharge Project

This is a partnership between the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust, The Royal Society for Protection of Birds and the Essex Wildlife Trust. The Harbour Protection Trust is supported by Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund and other national and local bodies including The Environment Agency, West Mersea Town Council, Tollesbury Council, Maldon Council,  Tollesbury Parish Council, Royal Yachting Association and others.