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Jersey

Population: 88,000 Capital City: Saint Helier

The island of Jersey is located in the bay of Mont St Michel, off the west coast of France. It’s the largest of the Channel Islands.

Consistently the warmest place in the UK, Jersey has one of the world’s largest tidal ranges. The island grows by one fifth in surface when the tide goes out!

It’s famous for the Jersey royal potato, butter and cream.

Farmers on Jersey concentrate on dairy, and a major export trade is in cattle – the Jersey breed. Since 1789 it has been the only breed allowed on the island.

Small farmers also grow outdoor tomatoes for export, and produce flowers and vegetables in greenhouses. The soil is fertilised with vraic (from the French word ‘varec’ for seaweed).

The tourist trade is well established. Among its music festivals that attract visitors is Jersey Live and Rock in the Park.

You can be very active on this island. Football is popular and the coastal cliffs are good for rock climbing.

Jersey has attended every Commonwealth Games since its debut in 1958. The first Gold medal came at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games, when Colin Mallett took the Open Full Bore Rifle Queen's Prize.

Fun fact: The giant cabbage (brassica oleracae longata) has been cultivated in Jersey since 1827, and grows up to 3m tall.

Sport fact: Six times winner of the British Open, Harry Vardon from Jersey won the US Open in 1900. Tommy Horton is a famous present-day golfer from the island, who has played in the European Ryder Cup team.

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