Sark vines ripped out as grower shuts down

SARK’S vineyards have become brown, barren fields as work to clear the sites following the company’s closure progresses.

Picture supplied. 09-02-17 Sark vineyards is now closed down.Sark vineyard

All vines on the Sark Estate Management land are due to be removed by 31 March.

Fourteen people are working out a period of redundancy, with their contracts due to end on the same date.

Sark Vineyards last month stated it would be closing, claiming the authorities in the island had prevented wine production from becoming profitable.

Since the company’s inception in 2010, it said it had invested millions of pounds in the project, but it failed to see any future in Sark or its economy.

A spokesman said clearance work had begun in the middle of January.

‘Work is progressing very well, but there is still quite a lot to do.

‘The employees are working flat out.’

The work involves removing nets and wires by hand before a machine removes the vines.

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