3rd November 2012

Sark’s vineyards were vandalised

Residents of Sark awoke on 3 November 2012 to find that the islands vineyards had been vandalised overnight. Persons unknown had cut the wire supporting around 40% of the 100,000 vines planted on the island by the Barclay brothers. Later the same day, 100 residents chained themselves to fences to protest against the vineyards and, two days later, several bags of fertiliser were slashed open.

David and Frederick Barclay have a home on the neighbouring island of Brecqhou and had planned to use 90 acres on Sark for growing wine grapes.

Reliance on wine

The vandalism was condemned by Sark’s Agriculture Committee, which nonetheless said that too much of the island’s available land was being used to grow a single crop. Sark was therefore becoming too reliant on just one agricultural resource.

By the beginning of November 2012, 5% of Sark’s growing land was either planted with vines or being prepared to host vines. In a 1 November press release, the Agriculture and Environment Committee of the Chief Pleas of Sark had noted that “after four years there is little evidence that the vines are succeeding”. It called for Sark Estate Management, which oversaw the Barclay brothers’ interests on the island, to “halt present work and reconsider the agricultural plans and priorities for their land in Sark”.

Two officers from Guernsey Police went to Sark to assist with the investigation into the vandalism, but no action was taken.

In October 2016, Sark’s Chief Pleas voted to start taxing alcohol production. In January 2017, The Times reported that the Barclays had brought the wine production operation to a close. By then, 28,000 bottles of wine had been produced, 8,000 of which had been pre-sold and were scheduled for release in December 2019.


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Other events that occured in November

Car plane air crash caused airport fireball 1st
A hospital worker stood accused of murder 2nd
Sark’s vineyards were vandalised 3rd
The original Torteval church was consecrated 4th
Sibyl Beaumont married Robert Hathaway 5th
The papers were excited by a Guernsey execution 6th
The States agrees to pay the Bailiff 7th
States of Guernsey hired its first independent vet
The Little Theatre was reprieved… for a while 8th
Guernsey was declared free of cholera 9th
Guernsey optician Specsavers was founded 10th
The court considered a Guernsey porn dealer’s testimony 11th
Guernsey Yacht Club was founded 12th
Guernsey aimed for equal adoption rights 13th
Jethou’s tenant fell off his own cliff 14th
Dad’s Army actor John le Mesurier died 15th
A Guernsey recruit regretted signing up 16th
Horticultural painter William Caparne was born 17th
German forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 18th
A plane crashed on Crevichon 19th
Sark featured in the music charts 20th
Guernsey recruits caused concern in Parliament 21st
First Guernsey competitor took part in Miss World 22nd
A Lancaster bomber crashed on Sark 23rd
Sark women get the right to inherit 24th
Spanish flu arrived on Guernsey 25th
Guernsey held its first full marathon 26th
Admiral Thomas Le Marchant Gosselin died 27th
HMS Boreas sank at Hanois 28th
Radio station Contact 94 went off the air 29th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial was unveiled 30th