Lavender fields in Hampshire are quite hard to come by. Here are three places where you can see stunning purple lavender fields in and around Hants.
Lavender is an evergreen plant that grows all year round.
However, it’s not until its bright purple flowers blossom in the summer that we notice it.
We’re lucky enough to have a few patches of lavender in our garden. And while this looks great when the flowers come out, it’s not a patch on seeing fields of lavender in full bloom stretching into the distance.
Lavender thrives in most conditions. It especially loves chalky soil. So it’s surprising that fields of lavender are quite hard to come by in Hampshire and the surrounding area.
Here are three places to see lavender fields in Hampshire. If you time it right, you might also be able to walk through the fields too.
Where to see lavender fields in and around Hants
Long Barn, New Alresford, Hampshire
Formerly the site of the sheep pen for Alresford’s annual sheep fair, Long Barn Lavender Growers is a plant nursery, shop and cafe set alongside two acres of lavender fields.
The shop sells the farm’s lavender products including essential oils, dried lavender, infused cakes and jams plus other lifestyle products.
There’s also a cafe serving hot and cold drinks as well as brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. The cafe terrace overlooks the lavender so there’s a great view in the summer months while you sip your tea and munch on a cake.
Info: Long Barn is at Long Barn, The Old Sheep Fair, Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford, Hants SO24 9E – it’s between Alresford and Ropley on the B3047. Call 01962 738684.
Hartley Park Farm, Alton Hampshire
Hartley Park Farm grows lavender, hops and rosemary. There’s also a shop that sells lavender plants as well as body, culinary and home fragrance products.
The farm also does guided tours of its lavender field in the summer. This also includes access to the lavender oil distillery and lunch.
Hartley Park Farm hosts open days in high summer with talks from farmers and aromatherapists and tractor/trailer rides around the farm. Keep on an eye on the website in June and July for the dates. (2016’s open days were in early July.)
Info: Hartley Park Farm is between Alton and Selborne on the B3006. The address is Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3HP. Call 01420 511146.
Lordington Lavender, Lordington, West Sussex
Andrew Elms established Lordington Lavender after he sold his heard of dairy cows in the early 2000s. He now has four acres of lavender.
The farm is open to the public on consecutive days in high summer, usually in mid-July. On these days you can walk amongst the lavender and other wild flowers on the farm. Check the website for open day dates.
You can also hire the lavender fields and the space around them for parties and weddings.
Note though that the farm isn’t open to the public at other times.
Info: Lordington Lavender is just off the B2146 between Petersfield and Funtington. The address is Lordington Farm, Lordington, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9DX. Call 01243 378312.
Growing your own lavender
As access to lavender fields is quite limited in Hampshire it can make sense to grow your own.
The RHS advises planting lavender in April or May in a sunny spot. There are tens of varieties available, all with different types of flowers and foliage. So get advice from your garden centre before you buy.
You’ll need to prune your lavender each year after the flowers have faded. It’s good practice to dead-head flowers in the summer too to keep them blooming for as long as possible.
Over to you
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