Where do you go for a more unusual day out? Try "the Lavender Capital of the World"!
19th June 2014
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At the beginning of the 20th century, the area stretching between Sutton through Carshalton and Wallington and out to Waddon was full of blue fields of lavender and was the supplier for such international companies such as Yardley with their famous signature Lavender Water fragrance.

These slowly died out as more and more houses were built in the area.  However, in 1996 the local environment charity BioRegional along with the London Borough of Sutton and Downview prison established a local lavender scheme in a bid to restore the world famous lavender industry of Carshalton an Mitcham.

The site was originally planted with cuttings developed in a horticultural project in Downview prison.  The prisoners on day release also helped to clear the site and get it planted up.

In 2003 the local lavender scheme became 'Carshalton Lavender' and has been managed solely by voluntary effort.  The annual harvest has become a popular event and the flower crop has grown from strength to strength.

In 2007 the Observer Ethical Awards named Carshalton Lavender as Conservation Project of the Year.

A generous grant from Thames Community Foundation in 2009 resulted in the purchase of a still for the distillation of lavender oil.

Take advantage of the Open Weekend and come along to see how this fascinating local project has restored a part of our local history.  There is something there for all the family.  Click below for details and enjoy your day.

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