Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire July 2018

by Emma Bumpus on July 9, 2018

Summer puts Hertfordshire on the Careertraveller radar for a visit to Hitchin Lavender, a perfumed Mediterranean oasis of lavender fields bursting with essential oil, wildlife and magnificent blooms ready for picking.

Captivated by rows, approximately 25 miles worth, of sun loving varieties is a mix and match bouquet of colour bursting with hues of purple, lilac, mauve and blue. Complemented by the likes of neighbouring gentle Hidcote Pink and elegant white Edelweiss, paradise unfolds into an aromatic haze of silvery grey leaves and blue-green evergreen stems under a mass of ornamental flower spikes. This place is stunning!

Roaming fields of early, mid and full bloom lavender peppered with butterflies and bees is a calming introduction to pollinators, who aid crop production and help us get lost in nature! The climb uphill delivers stunning countryside views of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire with shades of rural green to striking violet that create an impressionist painting.

Lost in what feels synonymous with Provence and Lavender explains why this Lavender Farm is such a popular attraction with locals, tourists and photographers. Within easy reach of Cambridge and London, it is no surprise Hitchin Lavender is a venue used for music events, bringing bands and Barn Nights to this sweet scented backdrop.

Summer Sundown Cinema Nights are a vintage mix of Blade Runner, Top Gun and Dirty Dancing, which played on a giant inflatable screen amongst the lavender and midsummer giant sunflowers, brings the stars beneath the stars!

Nectar comes in the form of blazing red corn poppies, which situated in a cleverly designated wildflower open space of a meadow, is purpose fit for bees. Clearly Hitchin Lavender buy into conservation and nature’s food supply chain and as a family farm business spanning over 100 years celebrates lavender in Hitchin with an onsite museum. Inside is an apothecary of original 18th century artefacts from the famous Perks and Llewellyn pharmacy where chemist Edward Perks first introduced lavender as a product to the high street.

Inside the farm’s 17th century barn is a lavandula playground of paraben free lavender treats, including luxury skincare and bath and shower products with lavender harvested from their very own fields.

From luxury hand wash to bath melt it is no wonder the word lavender derives from the Latin word lavare, to wash. Used by the ancient Greeks and Romans in public baths is a journey back in time where it was cultivated for essential oil extraction to produce perfumes as well as having aromatherapy, medicinal and culinary purposes.

Other inspirational products include, lavender filled pillows, Augustifolia essential oil and lavender chocolate, the sort that makes lunch worth staying for with a mouth watering range of home made cakes.

Amongst a vast amount of species from Hidcote and Grosso to Vera and Folgate, Hitchin Lavender is a soothing fragrant locale offering variety to everyone. Summer workshops include yoga and meditation to creative writing and antenatal classes and if you want to really make memories you can use the field as a location for photographic portrait shots for a small fee.

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