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*Norfolk Lavender was founded in 1932, is open all year round and is home to the National Collection of Lavenders. In association with Plant Heritage, the collection now includes over 100 different varieties

Their Lavender is made from five different varieties, of which four have been developed by and are unique to them, blended to an 18th century formula or ‘receipt’ to recreate the fragrance of the living flower.

Now harvested by machine, the oil is still extracted traditionally by steam distillation. The distillery is open in July and early August during harvest time.
There are Lavender hedges, chamomile lawns, companion planting and herbs for home remedies on the site.
Take a stroll through the wonderfully scented Lavender and Herbs, as we did, on a dry and fairly sunny morning. The previous day had seen thunder, lightning and heavy downpours, so all was very fresh from the rain …

I was really impressed with the layout of the herbs as each and every one had details of growth habit and their uses …

These are a very small part of the National Collection …

We asked a member of staff about this lovely water running by the side of the building and were informed that Norfolk Lavender was built on the site of Heacham watermill, or Caley Mill, and was originally a water mill for grinding corn …

The Bees and Butterflies were everywhere … I think this is a Gatekeeper …

There are some beautifully planted gardens which give an idea of how to incorporate Lavenders and Herbs into your own garden …

The distillery will be working any day now …

The lovely combination of Lavender with Roses …

and finally, this beautiful display of Lavatera, just because it was stunning …

There are currently nearly 100 acres of Lavender under cultivation in NW Norfolk and the largest field planting in the UK for thirty years, of 68,000 Lavenders, has just been completed …

So, if you’re ever in the area, this is one place I would recommend visiting.*

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Fantastic :o)

5 Jul, 2011

 

absolutely fantastic, what a brilliant blog, love the last photo,

5 Jul, 2011

 

oh lovely blog , I can almost smell the lavender.. I went there years ago and still have fond memories of the day.. Looks like you had a great time

5 Jul, 2011

 

What a lovely day out you had, Shirley - thank you for sharing it with us. The scent in the air after that rain must have been wonderful!

5 Jul, 2011

 

That is fabulous, there are fields of lavender in the Cotswolds but they don't have the gardens or the distillery

5 Jul, 2011

 

definitely ................ wow

5 Jul, 2011

 

beautifull blog shirley and that last photo blew me away wow, spectacular colour, i bet the scent was amazing to :o)

5 Jul, 2011

 

Wow that last picture is amazing, all the rest too, but the colour on that one is fantabulous.

5 Jul, 2011

 

What a lovely place to visit Shirley, it looks so beautiful there....and I just happen to be going to Norfolk on holiday in August! :o)

5 Jul, 2011

 

Fab Shirley, very interesting. Loved it.

5 Jul, 2011

 

I just love that last pic too. It reminds me of France!

5 Jul, 2011

 

Smashing blog Shirley, I can fair smell the perfume just by admiring the lovely photo`s and really appreciate your adding the history of the mill and its usage now, very interesting..
It looks a grand place to visit, thankyou for sharing your day and pleased you enjoyed it...

5 Jul, 2011

 

Hi Shirley,Wooo!! I love the smell of lavender, so much of it, absolutely Fab

5 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely blog Shirley. The scent of the Lavender and the buzzing of the bees must have been wonderful. :-)

5 Jul, 2011

 

Thank-you for this blog, I grew up 3 miles from Heacham and spent many happy hours on the beach there cockling and playing. The lavender was an important part of the area. and a wonderful sight every year.

5 Jul, 2011

 

Very interesting. Lavender oil has so many health benefits, and it smells wonderful. The colour in the last pic is lovely.

6 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely pics of the lavenders.....can smell it from here..lol

6 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks so much everyone for viewing this blog ... it really was a stunning perfume throughout the whole area ... : o ))

Sandra, definitely go there when you're on holiday ... you'll enjoy it ... : o )

Fancy you being brought up so close to here, Denise! Do you have the lovely Norfolk accent ... just like my maternal grandparents did ... Nan used to say "move twolips" instead of mauve tulips and "coocumber" ... happy memories of her! : o ))

7 Jul, 2011

 

No I dont have an accent ST I lived there from 5- 17 and had a lovely rural childhood. Sandringham is very close by and open to the public.

8 Jul, 2011

 

Yes, we kept seeing signs for Sandringham.

8 Jul, 2011

 

:))

8 Jul, 2011

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