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10 little known facts about Jersey

Harvesting Jersey Royals

Hand picking early Jersey Royals.

500 births, 5 million flowers, gin and the sunniest climate

  • It’s official – Jersey is the sunniest place in the British Isles!
  • Jersey also has one of the largest spring tides on Earth – at a massive 40ft!
  • A prehistoric forest is buried beneath the sand at St Ouen’s Bay.
  • There are over 190 restaurants on the island and there are more Michelin starred restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the British Isles, apart from London.
  • Over 5 million flowers are used each year in the Battle of Flowers.
Battle of Flowers float

Over 500 flowers are used to decorate floats at the Battle of Flowers

  • Officially, men are banned from knitting during July and August! This is due to naughty 17th century knitters loving their woollens so much that they ruined many a crop, taking to the needles rather than harvesting.
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust sees over 500 births every day.
  • There are over 50 miles of lush Green Lanes on the island where speed is restricted to 15mph, ideal for walkers and cyclists.
  • 5 different wines are produced on the island as well as Royal Voaka and Royal Gin, made from Jersey Royal potatoes.
  • There are 6 golf courses on the island.
La Mare Wine Estate

La Mare Wine Estate, St Mary

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Posted by Christina

Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: christinaclark@travelsmith.co.uk

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