Annual Harvest

takes place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 10am-4pm
2020 PYO Harvest Dates

Annual Harvest 2019
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
(last admission to field at 3.30pm)


Grand Opening at 10am on Saturday by Gardeners’ Favourite Jim Buttress

Read our Carshalton Lavender – 2019 Press Release here


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 2019

Price Guide – examples of bunch prices will be on display over the weekend – 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)

Pay-as-you-go Activities

  • face painting

2019 stalls for both days unless stated below ….

  • Award winning aromatherapy skincare & room sprays locally made by Louisa from Just Be Natural including a unique Carshalton Heritage Lavender range
  • Local beekeepers with lots of lovely honey products – *SAT only*
  • Lovely handmade soaps, bath salts, bath bombs & gifts from Shop with Love
  • Plants including different varieties of Lavender plants
  • Food & Refreshments – deliciously organic, super tasty bhajis and pakoras – oh yes WHAM BAM Mother Bhumi is back!
  • Pottery & Ceramics by Selsdon Ceramics
  • Mouth watering Chutneys, Jams and Jellies from Jam Packed Preserves
  • Fun Face Painting – Charleen Hunter
  • A selection of Patchwork crafts by Amanda Wilkes
  • Ice Cream – Sandra Kirwin
  • Glass & Ceramics – Sarah Walsh
  • Delicious Connies Cakes including a specially made lavender one, gluten free options available.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks – Sana
  • Red Harbour – handmade concrete pots, and beautiful succulents
  • Emma Doyle Designs original artwork, prints and stationery *Sun Only*
  • Jo Sharpe – paintings & cards of the local area *Sun only*
  • Painted Love – upcycled furniture and soft furnishings *Sun only*

All of the above stallholders have signed up to have a stall at our harvest but we are unable to guarantee their attendance.

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 (Sat only) & shortbread (while stock lasts)

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

Oaks Way Centre will be open over our harvest weekend and this is where you will find the toilets as well as a lovely range of refreshments. Please note that there are no toilets on our field but some refreshments are available. See above list of stalls for full details. The Oaks Way Centre runs a whole range of activities and services and you can find more out at their website here.