Annual Harvest

**DATE FOR YOUR 2019 DIARY**
Our Annual Harvest will take place on 27th & 28th July 2019

Annual Harvest 2018
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm
(last admission to field at 3.30pm)

***Read our 2018 Press Release here***

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

Lavender Harvest 2017

Price Guide – examples of bunch prices will be available to see on the day – very small bunches start at just £2.

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

Lavender Bunches ready picked for you will also be available in a variety of sizes

Medium Hand-tied
Large Hand-tied

Scissors loan – £1 refunded on return (or you can bring your own)

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 u

Pay-as-you-go Activities

  • face painting

2018 stalls announced …

  • Award winning aromatherapy skincare & room sprays locally made by Louisa from Just Be Natural including a unique Carshalton Heritage Lavender range
  • Reflexology sessions available AD Reflexology Sat) and Althea Finch (Sun)
  • Local beekeepers & honey products
  • Soaps from Shop with Love
  • Lavender plants
  • Food & Refreshments – WHAM BAM Mother Bhumi
  • NEW Taster Indian Head Massages by Lynda Wardley
  • Children’s Activities
  • Pottery & Ceramics by Selsdon Ceramics
  • Chutneys, Jams and Jellies from Jam Packed
  • Koula’s Jams & Chutney’s (Sun only)
  • Facepainting – Charleen Hunter
  • Patchwork – Amanda Wilkes
  • Raw Delights – healthy vegan snacks
  • Flax Farm – flaxjacks, flaxseed oils & supplements
  • NEW Connies Cakes
  • NEW Chocolates by Eloise (Sat only)

Lavender sales by Carshalton Lavender volunteers including

  • fresh lavender
  • hand-tied floristry bunches
  • lavender plants – various varieties
  • Carshalton Heritage Lavender Soap (while stocks last)
  • lavender books – history, products, recipes
  • lavender essential oil – as distilled in the field
  • lavender floral water – room spray/linen water
  • lavender bread (Sat only) & shortbread & meringues (while stock lasts)
  • key rings and more

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

 We also run other events from time to time.