Largest population rise in UK- Fetlar, smallest Shetland island in Scotland
A place that brushed with fame during the 60′s and 70′s as a breeding site for snowy owls, Fetlar, one of the smallest Shetland islands, Scotland has again got into the good books for being regarded as the place that has seen the biggest population rise anywhere in UK by 45 percent. With the population rising to 70 and may reach 100 by 2019, this switch has been remarkable for an island that had temperatures reaching only around 17C.
An island that is bursting with mouth-watering wealth of wildlife watching opportunities, it is known as the ‘Garden of Shetland‘ for its fertile soil and good beaches.
With scarce amenities like a shop, campsite, community centre and a primary school, it has been surprisingly interesting to know that people felt it too good to make this place as their home. A regeneration project led by islanders has resulted in this major success- 45 percent increase in population.
Driving a great community spirit and a favorable place for children to roam around just as in old fashioned-times, people felt Fetlar as the right place to stay inspite of its inadequacy in amenities and harsh weather. Without worrying about traffic, drunken driving or drugs, the people of this area have felt free to keep their doors open all the time.
With the population of Feltlar increasing considerably, there are hopes of building more accommodation facilities with the help of council housing and also of providing renewable potential energy and a cafe.