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Soothing Lavender Fields, Hitchin (United Kingdom)

Spectacular view from top of the hill ... This is Hitchin Lavender Farm! Spent almost 4 and half hrs there under 25°C, but I just couldn't stop myself "shooting" these lavenders with my limited memory card.

 

Happy Sliders Sunday! Hope you have another great weekend as usual!

RELAXATION is the topic for Wednesday July 27, 2011

 

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A little bit about the history of the farm:

 

www.hitchinlavender.com/about_us.html

 

Our family have farmed at Cadwell for more than hundred years and for five generations. Lavender was introduced in 2000, alongside the traditional arable crops we continue to grow.

 

Meanwhile Cranfield University designed and built a harvester that only cuts the heads off the flower ( rather than the stem as well ) which when distilled, emit a particularly strong aroma. We currently crop five varieties. Folgate, Maillette and Ashdown Forest are three types of Angustifolia which we grow and we also have Grosso and Lullington Castle which are Intermedias.

 

Early in 2010 we sowed 5 more varieties, Hidcote, Blue Ice, Rosea, Sawyers and Edelweiss - and after a successful first year of in 2010 we have increased the number of sunflowers we are growing in 2011.

 

Every year we open the lavender fields to the public and run a small tea room and gift shop that is stocked full of items made from our own lavender

 

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Taken on July 30, 2011