It has a permanent population of approximately 500 people which swells during the summer season when visitors from far and wide come to Guernsey and travel by boat on to Sark to visit the island and stay at the hotels, guest houses and self-catering facilities.
The beauty and tranquillity of the countryside with its wildlife and flowers, the friendliness of its people, the absence of traffic (other than tractors going about their business), the gentle sound of horses hooves and the tinkle of bicycle bells all add to Sark’s special charm.
The beauty of Sark in the day is obvious, but Sark is becoming famous for the beauty of its night sky. The island has been recognised as the world’s first dark sky island in recognition of the darkness of the night sky and the wonderful stargazing that is possible on a clear night.
Sark is surely one of the jewels of Channel Islands. Visit Sark Tourism for more information about where to stay, where to eat and how to get there at: www.sark.co.uk
Sark is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and it has its own legislature and executive body known as Chief Pleas. Legislation from the States of Guernsey can only be applied to Sark with its consent. Chief Pleas deals with domestic matters except for criminal law, which is dealt with by the States of Guernsey.
The system of government prior to 2008 was based on a feudal system where the Seigneur, a hereditary position, was head of the government (Chief Pleas). Chief Pleas was made up of the 40 Tenemant owners (feudal Landlords) and 12 people’s deputies. The Seneschal was the presiding officer and Chief Judge.
A process of reform contained in the Sark Reform Law 2008 has resulted in a democratically elected government which now comprises 28 Conseillers elected by universal adult suffrage with the Seigneur and Seneschal remaining in their former roles. Sark sets its own taxes to cover the administration of the island. An island wide insurance scheme provides health & medical cover.
More details about the Government of Sark can be found on the Government web site: www.gov.sark.gg