A drone has captured stunning pictures of rows of lavender plants that have bloomed weeks early due to the ‘unusually warm’ weather.
The lavender fields near St Keverne in Cornwall usually turn bright purple with flowers in July. But this year the crop came two weeks early, in the middle of June.
Roskorwell Farm’s lavender boom has been attributed to an ‘unusually warm spring’ that was perfect for the flowers to blossom.
Farm owners Mark and Sam Hall-Digweed said it is the largest crop the farm has seen, but believe next year’s harvest will be even bigger.
The lavender fields near St Keverne in Cornwall (above) usually turn bright purple with flowers in July but have bloomed two weeks early this year
A drone captured an aerial photograph of Roskorwell Farm’s stunning lavender crop on July 3, midway through the harvesting process
Mark Hall-Digweed, 54, has always worked in agriculture and runs Roskorwell Farm with his wife Sam, 55, (both pictured above)
Alfred Buckingham harvests rows of bright purple lavender flowers at the Roskorwell Farm on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall
The farm’s lavender boom has been attributed to an ‘unusually warm spring’ that was perfect for the flowers to blossom in
Roskorwell Farm grows a staggering seven different types of lavender and uses the flower, in its distilled oil form, to make scrubs and essential oils
To celebrate, Mr Hall-Digweed has opened the farm to the public for the first time, inviting locals to take in the spectacle.
He said: ‘This is the largest crop we’ve had, we’re the first lavender farm in Cornwall and we are doubling in size each year.
‘This year is our biggest crop, but next year will be even bigger. It was a very dry spring which has brought them in sooner than usual, about two weeks earlier than last year.
‘This is also the first year we have opened to the public, we welcomed people onto the farm – but everyone was socially distanced.
‘On the farm it’s very easy, we stuck to the rules. We wanted to share what we had with people to cheer them up in these times.
‘It was too beautiful for us to just sit on our tractor and harvest, and we wanted to share it with people in the locality.’
Mr Hall-Digweed said he had always worked in agriculture, but turned to farming lavender after going on his honeymoon to Luberon, France.
He added: ‘I’ve always been in agriculture, I was brought up farming but this is my first lavender farm. I was inspired by others in the industry and after visiting Luberon.
‘We honeymooned Luberon and we found it a beautiful crop. We’ve been growing here for four years now.’
Roskorwell Farm is Cornwall’s first ever lavender farm and the married couple staff the fields by themselves, growing seven different types of lavender.
Mrs Hall-Digweed, 55, said: ‘It has turned into a love affair with lavender, there have been a few sort of love/hate times, the first year when we planted it was covered with weeds, but now each day I come into the field it fills me with happiness.’
Mr Hall-Digweed said it was the ‘very dry spring’ which has brought the stunning flowers in sooner than usual, about two weeks earlier than last year
After four years of harvesting lavender, the couple have opened Roskorwell Farm to the public for the first time, with social distancing measures in place amid the coronavirus pandemic
Roskorwell Farm has opened to the public as farm owners Mark and Sam Hall-Digweed ‘wanted to share what we had with people to cheer them up in these times’
Farm owner Mr Hall-Digweed has opened up the farm to the public for the first year ever, with social distancing in place, to share the stunning spectacle with locals
Above, a full crate of lavender is carried away by a worker after it was harvested at Roskorwell Farm
Roskorwell Farm owners opened the lavender fields to the public this year as they wanted to ‘cheer’ people up amid the coronavirus pandemic
Roskorwell Farm is Cornwall’s first lavender farm and the flowers are planted across six acres of well-drained Lizard soil
Alfred Buckingham walks through the farm’s rows of bright purple lavender as he harvests the beautiful flowers
A drone captured stunning aerial photographs of the rows of lavender ready to be harvested at Roskorwell Farm in Cornwall
Mr and Mrs Hall-Digweed have been harvesting lavender at Roskorwell Farm for four years, after admiring the crop when visiting Luberon, France
The rows of lavender are harvested in the mornings, before being taken back to the barn for steam distillation
Rows of lavender plants are hand-plucked from their stalks at Roskorwell Farm owners as the flowers begin to be harvested
Lavender, which is often used as an oil to combat stress and help people sleep, is harvested at Roskorwell Farm in Cornwall
A tractor harvests rows of the the lavender crop, as Alfred Buckingham carries a crate filled with the pungent flowers
Lavender, which is a Mediterranean plant, thrived in this year’s unusually warm spring at Roskorwell Farm in Cornwall
Mr Hall-Digweed has always worked in agriculture but said he turned to farming lavender after going on his honeymoon to Luberon, France
The flower is famously used in perfumes due to its gorgeous scent and in aromatherapy practices, for its calming and relaxing qualities
Lavender is most commonly commercially grown in the Provence region of France, as the climate, with mild winters and warm, sunny summers, is ideal for the flower’s production
Rows of lavender are harvested on July 3, after the bright purple crop blossomed weeks earlier than last year due to the unsually warm spring