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Posted by Rosemary Pharo, Jul 10 2017 9:58PM

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Come and pick Lavender in Carshalton and watch it being distilled, Saturday July 29 @11.30am

Annual Harvest 2017 - Our now annual visit to the lovely fields near Carshalton Beeches Station.


Bring a picnic/blanker/camera and enjoy the gorgeous smell of the lavender ...

FREE. Just pay for any lavender you pick (or help the community out by picking lavender for them).
Bring your own scissors or hire them.

RSVP to: 07940 913382 - Rosemary Pharo or

Saturday 29th @11.30
(last admission to field 3:30pm)
Pick Your Own Lavender Flowers

Pick bunches of lavender to take home for

* floral decoration
* herbal remedies
* culinary use
* drying to scent rooms and linen
* giving as gifts
* using in handmade soaps, cream, lotions etc
* making lavender crafts such as lavender bags, paper, pouches, candles, door stops, pillows
* charity stall makes

the harvest in July

the community harvest - visitors come and pick their own lavender

Price Guide TBC

Lavender Flowers on stems
* small
* medium
* loosely-filled bucket
* densely-filled bucket

Lavender Bunches (ready picked for you)

Medium Hand-tied from
Large Hand-tied from

Scissors loan - £1 refunded on return (or you can bring your own)
helping out at the harvest weekend

Family Activities - free for accompanied children
* pick lavender while enjoying exploring in the field
* take part in the Big Butterfly Count

*spot bees, birds, ladybirds and butterflies
* catch rosemary beetles (lavender's natural enemy, we need to eliminate them by hand)
* learning about taking lavender cuttings
* making dried lavender bags for us

Pay-as-you-go Activities

* face painting

Stalls from 2016 ... 2017 stalls TBC

* Organic & natural aromatherapy skincare & room sprays locally made by Louisa from Just Be Natural including a unique Carshalton Lavender range
* Handmade Lavender Crafts
* Taster Massages
* Local beekeepers & Honey products
* Soaps from Shop with Love
* Exclusive Carshalton Lavender Bread & Shortbread
* Fused Glass by Sarah Walsh
* Lavender plants
* Food & Refreshments - Giggly Pig (Sat) Mother Bhumi (Sun)
* * Fused Glass Jewellery by Freakn Luvly
* Pottery & Ceramics by Selsdon Ceramics
* Chutneys, Jams and Jellies from Susie's Kitchen (Sat & Sun) & Koula (Sun only)
* Photocraft local photography club
* Facepainting
* Ice Cream
* Sew Beautifully Pink - unique handmade items
* Patchwork - Amanda Wilkes

Lavender sales by Carshalton Lavender volunteers including

* fresh lavender

* hand-tied floristry bunches

* lavender plants - various varieties

* lavender books - history, products, recipes

* lavender essential oil (as distilled in the field)

* lavender floral water (room spray/linen water)

* lavender bread & shortbread (while stock lasts)

* keyrings and more

Find out exactly where our field is by clicking here
In the Field

Photo opportunities -

* the field is a sea of lavender blue when in flower, so very photogenic
* find a quiet corner to photograph friends and family
* a great chance to make a study of bees and butterflies

In The Field

* be part of the centuries-old tradition of gathering at the harvest to celebrate nature's sights and smells among the fragrant lavender
* watch demonstrations of lavender oil distillation
* bring some lavender from the field to the still and soak up the smell of the aromatic steam wafting through the air as the liquid gold is extracted from the lavender flowers
* learn about our lavender heritage and traditions during the demonstrations
* see photos of London's historic lavender industry
* chat with current volunteers and learn about how to help continue that heritage through practical work in the field and more sedentary volunteering opportunities such as
* taking cuttings
* making up lavender bunches
* packing dried lavender buds
* setting up/ manning our stall at local produce markets
* see how areas of the field are being regenerated to replace the older plants
*see the different varieties of lavender growing in the display area

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