ELDERFLOWER HARVEST 2019
Exciting news – We are now OPEN for 2019’s Elderflower Harvest! Last year we had the hottest summer since 1976 and the Elderflower harvest was over fast, but your picking power brought a bumper crop back to the farm so we can keep making you lots of lovely Elderflower drinks; 2,750,090 bottles* this year and counting…
*01/01/19 to 18/04/19
We are now well into the harvest with some welcome warmth encouraging new flower in bud to bloom. Our plantations around the Vale of Belvoir are also now flourishing after a slow start.
Some simple but important things to know…
Whether you are picking to earn money for yourself or to fundraise for your charity of choice, we pay £2.60 per kilo, for your lovely Elderflower. We like elderflower heads, so no stalks please, and they need to be fresh so please deliver the flowers on the same day you picked them because they go brown very quickly and become unusable.
All you need is a clean single use bin bag (or a green bag when picking from our Organic Plantations*) to put the flowers in and some good walking boots. We advise you to wear long trousers so you don’t get stung by nasty nettles.
The Countryside code
When picking, do not pick from public places, e.g. church yards, and only pick from land with permission; please respect the countryside code:
- – Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
- – Leave gates and property as you find them
- – Keep to the public footpaths in fields where crops are growing
- – Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
- – Consider other people
- – Seek permission from landowners where applicable
Click here for more information on the countryside code.
Where to look for flower
We have some elder plantations of our own near the villages of Bottesford, Branston, Eaton and Belvoir and maps can be collected from the Belvoir Fruit Farms’ drop-off point on Barkestone Lane. These are organic plantations so all the flowers picked here must be collected in the green bags provided at each field gate.
Elder likes it best in un-cut hedgerows, preferably those that catch the sun and are out of the wind. Elder bushes tend to thrive in tucked away places like canal tow paths, disused railway lines and air strips, or field and woodland edges and corners.
If you need any further info please don’t hesitate to call:
Or, our Elderflower Manager, Andrea Beddows, can be reached directly on 07935 901408
Where & when to take the flowers…
In 2019 we’ll operate three drop off points for picked flowers that will be open in the afternoons. The Belvoir and Sacrewell sites will run 7 days a week. The Swarkestone site will open less frequently, see below.
Belvoir Fruit Farms
OPEN – 7 days a week 2.30-6.30pmBarkestone Lane
*N.B. If picking directly from our plantations here in the Vale of Belvoir, please note that they are all Organic and so all pickings need to be put into a green bag to differentiate them; these bags are available to pick up from Belvoir Fruit Farms HQ or in the orange boxes at the sites themselves where our Farm Manager refreshes stocks of them daily. Our plantations are a few miles from our drop off point at Barkestone Lane therefore you will need your own means of transport to bring in your flowers. Maps to our plantations are available at the farm. And last, but not least, no dogs in our Organic Plantations please! Happy picking!!
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre
OPEN – 7 days a week 2.30-5pm (there is no elderflower to pick at the farm centre itself).Thornhaugh
(Off the A1/ A47 junction at Wansford)
Swarkestone Nursery, Derbyshire
OPEN this Wednesday, 12th June, 3pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 23rd June, 3pm – 4.30pm; for further collections by arrangement, please call Andrea Beddows 07935 901408Lowes Lane
N.B. Whilst we would be delighted to receive elderflower picked from the Swarkestone area again this year, we are unable to be there on as many days as last year. We will operate a drop off point on a predetermined number of days only, and are keen to fit in with local pickers availability as much as possible. so please get in touch if you have a preference for particular days and we will do our best to accommodate you. For more information please contact our Elderflower Manager, Andrea Beddows on 07935 901408.