About Lavender

Hand Cutting Lavender near Mayfield Lavender

A local tradition

Mayfield Lavender is 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, making Mayfield Lavender the largest organic lavender farm in the UK, certified by the Soil Association.

Organic farming is a huge commitment and its principles are an integral part of Mayfield Lavender’s values.  It is illegal in the UK to claim organic status unless you have certification from a professional body that audits your activities.  We are proud to be audited and assessed by the Soil Association to confirm that we don’t use pesticides or fertilisers.   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.

Varieties of lavender grown by us

Lavandula Angustifolia (English Lavender)

Lavandula x Intermedia (Grosso Lavender)

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.

Top Tips for planting lavender in your garden

If you look after your lavender and have the right growing conditions, you can expect your plant to last up to 15 years.  Lavender looks and smells great in your garden!  Don’t forget, the bees and butterflies love lavender too!

Our Top Tips

Soil:  well-drained soil, such as chalky or sandy soil is essential.  If you have heavy soil such as clay, make sure you add stones and grit to ensure good drainage.

Position:  plant in a sunny or partially sunny spot.

Spacing:  for English and French lavenders, plant every 30cm, or for Hybrids, plant every 45 cm.

Timing:  plant any time between April and October but beware of late frosts until your plant is established.  We recommend covering your young plants with a fine fleece if a frost is predicted.

Planting:  before transferring to a pot or flowerbed, water your lavender plant and leave to drain.  Prepare a hole large enough to avoid damage to the roots.  Remove from the container and position the plant so that it is 15mm below the final soil level.  Fill with soil, firm in and water well.  Note:  for pots and where drainage is required, add stones to the base.

Watering:  water regularly until the plant is established.  Once established in a flowerbed there is no need to water.  Lavender thrives in hot, sunny, dry conditions.  If the plant is in a pot, make sure it doesn’t dry out completely, however water sparingly.

Pruning:  always prune your plant by the end of the summer.  This encourages new grown and helps prevent the plant becoming straggly and woody.  Be brave and cut your lavender back to up to 5cm above the wood!

Pests:  the only pest is the Rosemary Beetle.  It has the size and form of a Ladybird but has a shiny, dark green metallic-looking coat with a red stripe.  If spotted, REMOVE immediately!

Top Tips

Our lavender oil is a unique and lovely product. Here are some suggestions for how to use and enjoy it:

Mayfield Lavender Aromatherapy Bath

Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath, then lie back and unwind! Ideal for relieving stress and rebalancing body and soul.

Mayfield Lavender Facial

Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a steaming hot bowl of water, place a towel over your
head and inhale. Ideal for clearing colds, refreshing and cleansing your skin as well as relaxing and calming.

Good Night Sleep Remedy

Put a few drops of lavender oil onto a handkerchief and place into your pillowcase.

Mayfield Lavender Shower

Drop a few drops of oil onto your flannel, rub over your body and at the same timeinhale. Ideal for revitalising body and mind.

Mayfield Lavender Body Massage Oil

Mix two drops of lavender oil and two drops of geranium oil with 10ml of jojoba, grapeseed or almond oil. Warm a little in the palms of your hand and inhale deeply. Massage into your body, breathe in and relax. Ideal for calming and de-stressing.

Mayfield Lavender Insect Bite & Sting Remedy

Put 1-2 drops of lavender oil on cotton wool and dab gently on insect bites, bee and nettle stings.  Eases pain, reduces swelling and aids speedy recovery.

Mayfield Lavender Minor Burns including Sunburn Remedy

For minor burns and sunburn, add 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil to a litre of water. Place a flannel or clean cotton cloth into the water, then lay on the affected area.  Soothes the pain of minor burns, reduces swelling and aids hydration of the skin.

Mayfield Lavender Minor Sprains, Aches and Headache Remedy

Prepare a compress by adding 1- 4 drops of lavender oil  to a small bowl of warm water. Soak a flannel or clean absorbent cloth in the water, then lay over the affected area.

Mayfield Lavender Foot Spa

Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of comfortably warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes.  Relaxes and revives tired feet.

Mayfield Lavender Fresh Laundry

Put 2 to 3 drops of mayfield lavender oil into your washing machine
Add 2 to 3 drops of mayfield lavender oil to the water in a steam iron

Ideal for fresh smelling clothes!

Mayfield Lavender Moth Repellent

Hang Mayfield Lavender Bags on coat hangers in your wardrobe to prevent moths damaging your clothes.

Note: the lavender bags make lovely drawer fresheners and placing under your pillow also aids a good nights sleep!  Squeeze the bags with your hand on a regular basis to reactivate the fragrance. After a few months add a few drops of lavender oil to refresh the fragrance.

Mayfield Lavender Manicure

Ingredients for manicure scrub:

  • Handful of coarse sea salt placed in a small bowl
  • 30ml of jojoba or almond oil
  • 6 drops of Mayfield Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops of geranium pure essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. To use, scoop out a fingertip amount of salt and plenty of oil.  Massage in a little lavender scrub on damp hands, paying particular attention to the cuticles around the fingernails, backs of the hands and wrists. Rinse and pat dry. Use an emery board to shape your nails, always file gently in one direction from the outside in. Apply cuticle remover and soak both hands in warm soapy water containing two drops of lavender oil. Dry and gently push back cuticles with orange stick or cotton bud.

Mayfield Lavender Room Fragrance

Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of dried flowers or pot pourri.
Float a few drops of lavender oil on water in an oil burner to release the aroma into the air. Make sure that the burner is placed on a heatproof surface and that the bowl is not allowed to burn dry.
Shake a few drops of lavender oil onto a cloth or issue and lay over a hot radiator.
Add 4-6 drops of lavender oil to 500ml of water. Decant into a plant sprayer kept especially for the purpose. Shake well, then spray.
Add 1-2 drops of lavender oil to warm melted wax around the wick of the candle. Essential oils are flammable so care should be taken not to get oil on the flame itself.

Never leave candles unattended.

Ideal for creating a fragranced, calming atmosphere in your home.