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The Lavender Farm Blog

The lavender farm is not only a working farm but a well established Isle of Wight attraction. Within the farm team, there is an overwhelming desire is to share and bring to the attention of the public the many interesting ecological and educational aspects that we see on a daily basis.

Our primary goal is to operate a successful business, however,  we also see ourselves as an educational and informative centre. To this end we will be publishing various articles based around our nursery experiences as well as what we call good sense ecological propositions, that need to be shared, discussed and understood.


The Ghostly Monk

The Ghostly Monk

The Blacklands - The name alone conjures up thoughts of foul deeds afoot!  Prior to Quarr Abbey holding the lands of Arreton Manor, which in turn owned Staplehurst Grange, many issues beheld the area, and in the 13th Century the Abbott of Quarr complained actively that “certain persons had carried away goods”.  This led to a ditch being built as a defence between the lands of Briddlesford under control of the Abbey and that of Staplehurst. Piracy and theft were common throughout the island and the Abbey did its best to protect its property.   

Then in the 16th century the Grange was purchased by Quarr Abbey as a parcel of the larger Arreton Manor.  The expansion of Quarr by buying up these minor manors was a very important part of the Abbey’s development, and the lands were worked daily by both surfs and monks.

The Ghost Workers of Quarr

The Lavender Farm ghosts are said to originate from this time, and are active at dusk when shadowy features can clearly be seen. Looking at the image below there appears to be one of these shadowy forms, a monk slumped next to the steps.

Today this is the office, but in ancient times it was the grain store and built as one unit. Apparently they used to load sacks of grain from the mill cart using a grain hook suspended from a rope and pulley affair. It is said that one day a monk from the Abbey who was doubting his faith while loading the heavy sacks of grain let the hook slip off a sack under tension, which then swung wildly and killed him instantly.


Look Carefully in the circled area .. what can you see?

Legend has it that sometimes at dusk you can hear the muffled sound of the old monk doubting his spiritual beliefs, and his ghostly form can be seen collapsed next to the step. Or so the story goes.

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A Stocking-Filler That Lasts More Than Two Lifetimes…

As can be seen elsewhere on our website, we take real pride in looking after our farm, particularly the fifty acres of ancient woodland. 

Unfortunately, in both this country and elsewhere more trees are being cut down than are being planted.

This is one of the reasons we are delighted to have 1 More Tree, whose goal is to plant as many trees as possible throughout the world, based here.  Their first planting project is at the lakes area of the farm.  Running parallel to the main road, there will be over 2000 native trees planted here starting at the end of November 2017.

acorns 2 oaks
Acorns 2 Oaks
1 More Tree knows how great it feels to plant trees and helps others to plant their own.  If you’re an individual or family wanting to plant in your garden or maybe a school looking for a project, they can advise on suitable types of trees, how and where to plant, and how to help them grow.

To encourage children into the great outdoors generally and an interest in trees particularly, 1 More Tree have put together ‘1 More Oak Tree’.  This is an oak tree growing kit in a bag.  It contains all you need and makes it as easy as possible to plant an oak tree.
In the hessian bag you’ll find an eco-pot made from biodegradable natural material, a bag of compost, instructions and, of course, acorns!

These make a really different stocking-filler which is practical, will outlive twofold even the youngest of children, and help to supply them with a lifetime’s oxygen.  Plus it’ll educate your child about where plants come from and how they grow without them knowing it.

Drop into the farm shop to learn more about tree planting and buy your 1 More Oak Tree kits, or you can buy them online here

Don’t forget if you’ve nowhere to plant your oak once it outgrows the ecopot, just bring it back and we’ll find space for it.
In case you lose your instructions…

How to Plant your Acorn
Step 1
Empty the soil from the plastic bag into the bio pot, making the surface level.  Then press two holes of about 3cms into the soil, place an acorn on its side in each hole and cover with soil.

Step 2
Now put the pot on a saucer, and ideally place it somewhere with morning sun and afternoon shade. If not where is next ideal place?
Water your acorns enough so that the soil doesn’t pull away from the side of the pot.  Check how damp the soil is with your finger, as long as it feels moist but not running in water it will be fien.

Step 3
All you need do now is keep watering as needed and watch your acorn sprout into an oak. Let it carry on growing until roots sprout from the side of the pot.

Step 4
Roots sprouting from the pot?  You can now do one of these things:
1 – Place the pot into a larger container filled with soil
2 – Dig a hole in your garden and place the pot in so that the top of the pot is just below ground level, and firmly pack soil around it advice on location?

3 – Bring the tree back to the Lavender Farm and we will plant it for you

And remember; don’t be tempted to chop your tree down after two hundred years as it still has some growing to do!


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The Wanderful Aroma of Lavender...

Decorative and practical, lavender wands have been made for centuries. Also known as batons or bottles, they were originally placed in drawers and clothes chests to protect the contents with lavenders natural moth repelling properties. Today they still work against moths and also make an interesting home decoration whilst providing the clean, fresh floral scent of lavender.

Jar of Wands
Taking two hours to create, they are made up of freshly cut lavender with the flowered ends bent over at the top so that they are caged in the stems. Interwoven with this top part is quarter inch ribbon which covers the stem-caged flowers in a colourful and attractive pattern. This covering provides extra protection for the flowers and allows a slow release of the scent at the same time.  If you want more scent you can place the wand near a window to catch the warmth of the sun or hang over a radiator in winter. You can also gently roll the wand between your fingers.
wand build

Close up of wand weave
Over time the flowers natural aroma will inevitably fade and the wand will need refreshing. All that is needed to revitalise your wand is to place a few drops of lavender oil onto it for it to continue to scent your home.
These wands make an original, thoughtful gift that is both attractive and practical. They are great for garden lovers or those who like the fresh, clean aroma of lavender. Try placing them in a vase, or using them in clothes draws and airing cupboards to freshen your bed linen. Alternatively, you could harness lavenders calming qualities and place one under your pillow to help with a good nights sleep.

Limited offer wand and essential lavender oil special offer £17
The price of the Lavender Wand is £15 but as a special offer while stocks last we are offering the Lavender Wand and a £4.95 10ml bottle of Lavender Essential Oil both for only £17, giving you a £2.95 saving!

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