Our February meeting welcomed Andrew Elms who talked about The Trials and Tribulations of Lordington Lavender.
Andrew gave a great insight into his life as a dairy farmer and the decision to change his focus to lavender. He talked through the purchase of Mailette lavender, a French Provencal variety famed for its high quality oil and the challenge of planting. The fields have become a haven for wildlife, with listed species of birds.
Badgers are seen each day and who knew they are the biggest predators of hedgehogs.
We learned about the properties of lavender oil: medicinal, culinary and other uses including insect repellent and removing ticks from dogs.
Andrew brought a range of lavender products to sell after the talk and the queue was longer than the one for tea and cake.
A visit to the lavender fields will be arranged for later in the year.
Cakes were, as usual, provided by members with a special mention to Sarah W who ordered some BRWI logo toppers for her fairy cakes – inspired.
In recognition of it being Shrove Tuesday Sarah G put together a pancake and lavender themed raffle.
Members were reminded that the March meeting was the Annual meeting with a Lambastic Spring Show – a lamb in any medium.
Words: Sue Harris
Photos: Joyce Aird