About Lavender

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Growing lavender and organic farming

A local tradition

Growing lavender and organic farming is at the heart of what we do, and Mayfield Lavender was proud to pioneer the revival of Lavender growing in the traditional home of Lavender in the UK. We started our project 2002 and opened to the public for the first time in 2006. We are very proud that we grow our lavender on one of the same fields where it was originally grown in the 18th and 19th centuries. 100 years ago, Banstead and surrounding areas were home to a thriving industry which supplied companies such as Yardley, Potter & Moore and others who were famous across the globe. Lavender was a premium product, but sadly, as suburbia encroached and lavender went out of fashion, the miles and miles of beautiful blue fields disappeared.

Until recently, that is! Mayfield Lavender has not only revived appreciation of lavender, but has brought organic farming to the tradition.

The traditional home of lavender farming in the UK was where Mayfield Lavender sits now, growing lavender and organic farming

Dedicated to organic farming

Organic farming is a huge commitment and its principles are an integral part of Mayfield Lavender’s values. Mayfield Lavender Farm is certified by the Soil Association, a British registered charity established in 1946 which works to transform the way Britain eats, farms and cares for the natural world. All of our weed control is done by hand which is an enormous and never-ending job! As a result, our lavender and its oil are free of agricultural chemicals and their residues. Our field is also a magnet for many species of insect and bird and you will appreciate the biodiversity when you visit – be it butterflies, bumble bees and honey bees, pheasants or the family of kestrels that has made our field home for a number of years.

Certified by the Soil Association, Mayfield Lavender is committed to growing organic lavender and organic farming.

Varieties of lavender grown by us

The chalky soil and mild weather in the area are perfect for lavender growing. We grow two varieties of lavandula angustifolia (English lavender): Folgate and Maillette. We also grow an hybrid variety of lavandula x intermedia, called Grosso.

Lavandula Angustifolia (English lavender)

Lavandula angustifolia has narrow leaves and short stems with flower heads that are barrel-shaped. Folgate and Maillette are two of the highest quality varieties of English Lavender and are characterised by their amazing iridescent blue colour and sweet cosmetic scent.

Lavandula x Intermedia (Grosso)

We also grow Grosso which is a hybrid plant that is the result of a natural cross-pollination of Lavandula angustifolia and spike lavender. Grosso lavender has larger leaves, longer stems and larger flower heads that are pointed at the tip. Its stem carries three flower heads which consequently yield more oil. The oil produced from this plant is called lavandin and it has a stronger camphoracious fragrance profile.

Varieties of lavender grown at organic Mayfield Lavender Farm

Sustainability

Here at Mayfield, we recognise that it is important to play our role in making the world a better place, and that it is a critical time for our planet.  Here are some of the things that we are doing, and hope that you will support us when visiting our Farm and Nursery:

  • We have planted native wildflowers, as we want to encourage the bees and butterflies to see our beautiful farm too!
  • We have 20 beehives which produces our delicious pure organic honey
  • Our Lavender Farm is free from pesticides and harsh chemicals
  • We are limiting the use of plastic wherever possible, replacing plastic with glass
  • Our food packaging is compostable and recyclable
  • We are starting to replace our plastic flower pots with 100% recyclable pots
  • We have packaged our fragrant, organic products using sustainable materials wherever possible
  • Our diffusers, room sprays, pillow mists and candles all come packaged in paper and glass, making them completely recyclable.
  • Our Candles are made from soy wax, which is a much more sustainable option compared to paraffin wax (which is derived from petroleum)
  • Our Lavender Soaps are packaged in paper and made from coconut oil and palm oil from sustainable and certified plantations
  • Our products are also vegan (apart from beeswax) and cruelty-free. Check out some of them here
  • We grow as much on our Farm as possible – our Lovely Mayfield Apple juice is made from the apples in our orchard and Brendan’s Very Tasty Lavender & Plum Jam is also made from the plums that we grow ourselves
  • Not only that but we have also planted 2000 trees across our two sites
Sustainability at Mayfield Lavender Farm

Visit Mayfield Gift Shop and Glasshouse Cafe

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Mayfield Lavender Gift Shop & Glasshouse Cafe

Address

139 Reigate Rd (near Driftbridge Audi Garage), Epsom KT17 3DW

Directions

By car you can use Google Maps or a Satnav to get to the postcode KT17 3DW (139 Reigate Road)

By public transport you can take a train from London Victoria to Epsom and then catch a 166 bus from the clocktower in Epsom. Get off at the Driftbridge stop and we are 100m from the railway bridge.

Opening Times

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. And on Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Gift Shop and Glasshouse Cafe

Our second location is our Gift Shop and Glasshouse Cafe based in Epsom which is open all year round.

The site is based on 12 acres of land which includes lavender, an orchard, and also the home of a 250 open air Theatre. Click here for further details.

From here we sell our full range of our lavender products including our organic lavender oils, home fragrance and toiletry ranges as well as delicious lavender foods, plus our lavender plant varieties and garden accessories. We also have lots of non lavender goods too!

  • Organic Lavender Farm Shop & Cafe

Coffee and catch up

From family and friends to dog walkers and cyclists, The Glasshouse Cafe is a great place to meet for a coffee and catch up and of course free and easy parking!

Our menu is available 7 days a week from Mondays to Saturdays (09:30 to 15:30) and on Sundays and Bank Holidays (10:00 to 15:30). We offer Croissants, Sausage, Egg or Bacon filled baps, Sausage or Vegan Rolls, hot or cold Sandwiches, Paninis, Salads and a delicious selection of cakes and sweet treats and of course our signature Lavender Cream Tea. We also have a great choice of  teas and coffees, soft drinks, fruit juices, beers and wines.

Unique gifts and ideas

We sell our high quality range of lavender toiletries made with the beautiful organic lavender oil from our farm. We also sell our full range of traditional gifts such as lavender sachets, bunches of lavender and lavender wreaths. Our delicious lavender food includes lavender teas, lavender all-butter shortbread and crumbly lavender fudge. We also sell unusual items for home and garden – Come and check us out or you can order from our online shop.

Plants and advice

We can help you choose the right lavender for your garden and offer advice and tips on how to keep it healthy and looking its best, year after year. Our plants are grown on site in our glasshouses and expert advice is always to hand! As well as a wide choice of Lavender varieties, we also sell a selection of your favourite garden perennials plus a range of decorative garden ornaments and furniture.

Orchard

Our beautiful orchard is situated behind our gift shop and is a mini oasis of serenity. It has over 500 established plum and apple trees. We manage our orchard carefully to protect the welfare of the trees and the many insects and birds that visit them. The apples we produce are used to make our Mayfield Apple Juice and our unique ‘BrendyBoy Jump Up Lavender Cider’, as well as lavender jelly and lavender chutney.

The orchard at Mayfield Gift Shop and Coffee Bar

Christmas Shop

We love to get into the Christmas spirit each year and deck our shop with every kind of decoration, ornament and gift! Our Christmas Shop opens in November and sells a range of lovely and unique gifts and hampers including our toiletries made with our organic lavender oil, culinary treats and beautiful lavender wreaths. And as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, we sell top-quality, non-drop Nordman trees with free local delivery. Come and visit our Christmas Tree forest and select the tree that’s right for you and your home!

christmas shop at Mayfield Lavender Gift Shop and Coffee Bar

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