With 9 acres of grassland and no farming experience whatsoever we set about our smallholding adventure in 2016 to learn as much as we could from the local farming community and to create a beautiful landscape to share and live on.
One and a half acres of the grassland is now home to rows of deep purple Lavender Grosso all hand planted in June 2018.
The rest of the field has been left to self seed and is flourishing with native wild orchids, ox-eye Daisy, cornflowers and poppies. The campsite part of the acreage is set within the wildflower meadow with cut pathways leading to facilities and pitches.
Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso' is known for its deep purple flowers and powerful aroma which carries across the meadow as the plant releases oil from its leaves in the heat. The purple haze on the landscape starts in July and gradually deepens over a few weeks. Governed by the weather we have seen a later bloom in more recent years.
We have lump clay soil in this part of Essex, so lots of stone and wood chip was needed to improve the drainage before planting. We customised a Norfolk potato plough with the help of Phil the Farmer into a Lavender row ridger and the ridged our flower beds to provide even more drainage.
Here on the farm we harvest by hand as it's the quickest way to cut and bunch for a farm our size. The lavender is then hung in our drying shed until dry. This year (2021) due to covid we will only harvest a small section for oil and dried flowers. The majority of the field will be left for visitors and campers to enjoy.
Whether your visit coincides with Easter tree planting, seeding or Lavender harvest we have plenty to do here on the farm. Get in touch and arrange a fun filled day of getting back to nature and seeing instant results of your hard days work.