THE ISLAND OF SARK

Sark is one of the few remaining places in the world where cars are banned from roads and only tractors and horse-drawn vehicles are allowed. In 2011 Sark was designated as a Dark Sky Community and the first Dark Sky Island in the world. Sark consists of two islands, Greater Sark and Little Sark which are connected by the Isthmus called La Coupee that was built in 1945 by German prisoners of war under the direction of the Royal Engineers. Sark was occupied by German forces between 1940 and 1945 (along with the other Channel Islands) and liberated on 10 May 1945, a full day after Guernsey.

Passengers (that was us) and goods arrive by ferry from Guernsey and are transported from the wharf by tractor-pulled vehicles.  We had a delightful day in two horse-drawn carts. Our driver has lived on the Island all of his life and that would be the case for about 50% of the residents.

We were given much historical information and I (for those who know me) of course, was delighted to visit the La Seigneurie Gardens with its Maze, its Pond and its Rose Garden plus an abundance of cottage garden flowers blooming profusely.

 

 

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