BBC 2’s Escape the Country visited the farm in 2011 to see the Lavender harvest in action and learn more about what Andrew does.
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Nestled in the South Downs, Lordington Lavender was established in 2002 by local farmer Andrew Elms. After selling his dairy herd he was looking for a new way to diversify and decided that Lavender would be a unique and exciting alternative. The crop is grown with conservation of habitat and the environment very much in mind. No fertilizers or pesticides are used and it has become haven for wildlife with at least 12 red listed species of birds including skylarks and barn owls found on the farm.
Now, 4 acres of Mailette lavender, a French Provencal variety famed for its high quality oil is harvested once a year to produce a wonderful essential oil and the business has become a family affair. From originally just selling an essential oil a whole range has developed but all with one aim – to produce simple, pure and honest products using only the highest quality ingredients.
Every summer the lavender field is full of bumble bees and butterflies and when the sun shines you can imagine being in Provence!