The delicate scent of elderflowers is as quintessentially English as tea parties and village fetes and, in the countryside, it’s often said that summer has only really arrived when the elderflowers start appearing in the hedgerows at the beginning of June.
Here at Belvoir Fruit Farms in Lincolnshire, we have 90 acres of our own organic elderflower plantations. That’s an awful lot of flowers to be picked during the harvest in June, so we’re glad that the local community all lend a hand. During elderflower season, we ask those that live in surrounding villages to go out and pick flower heads which we pay them for, so making our cordials is a real team effort. Of course, we only encourage them to pick from private land, where permission has been obtained both for them to be there and to pick the elderflowers.