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Sark has too many vineyards, says committee

Post by GD on Thu 08 Nov 2012, 10:17 pm

The amount of land planted with vines is taking up an excessive amount of agricultural land, Sark's Agriculture Committee has said.

It follows a protest including 100 islanders against the planting of further vines in fields in the island.

Sark Estate Management, which has planted the vines, claims it is diversifying the economy and creating employment opportunities.

The committee has raised concerns over a reliance on one crop.

At its meeting on Wednesday the committee also condemned the vandalism of vineyards, believed to have taken place overnight on Friday, involving thousands pounds of damage.

Conseiller Paul Williams, committee chairman, said: "This criminal activity has no place at all in Sark or anywhere else.

"It is the right of Sark residents to make their views known in a peaceful and lawful manner but it is no-one's right to vandalise anyone else's property."

He said discussions with landowners and their tenants would be held to work on establishing a land use policy for the island.


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Post by Dell on Thu 08 Nov 2012, 11:11 pm

It is difficult to condone the actions of those who interfere with the growing of grapes, as they are interfering with one of the oldest forms of natural pleasure... viz WINE!! affraid





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Post by Thistle on Fri 09 Nov 2012, 8:03 am

it would have taken a lot of forward planning to do the damage sark estate management is saying has been done..i wonder if the police should be looking closer to home for the culprits x
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Post by Mischas on Fri 09 Nov 2012, 8:19 am

That was my first thought when i read about it Thistle. It all seems a bit to convenient to be able to discredit the protest before it even began.

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