Jersey faces a considerable challenge in meeting the recent demand of the UK Government for increased potato exports in order to help feed the army. Limited availability of skilled agricultural labour notwithstanding, increasing the yield means that the amount of land under cultivation in the island has to expand. What is available includes not only unused agricultural areas but public open spaces as well.
In view of this, the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Alexander Wilson, recently wrote to the Defence Committee raising the prospect of growing potatoes on the greens surrounding Mont Orgueil Castle. Presently the castle itself is only occupied by a small Coastguard detachment responsible for the naval signal station located within its walls. Given this limited military-related involvement, the Defence Committee have referred the enquiry to the Public Works Committee, which has had overall responsibility for the castle since its handover from the Crown in 1907.
This committee in turn passed the request over to a sub-committee now responsible for Mont Orgueil Castle. They, it seems, have no objection although expressed a concern over whether it was now too late in the year to plant potatoes.
A/E/10/4 contains a letter from the Lieutenant Governor raising the prospect of planting potatoes on the Castle Green.