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Sweet nectar!

Lavender was brought to this country by the Romans.

They valued it for many reasons, especially its healing, soothing and medicinal properties.

As in Roman times, lavender continues to be used today as a relaxant for massage.

Norfolk is of course famous for its lavender. Caley Mill, at Heacham is home to Norfolk Lavender and dates back to 1087. It is one of England's oldest lavender farms.

harvesting.
Traditional harvesting of lavender

The surrounding land was planted with the herb in 1935 and today the 100 acres or so of lavender form the basis of Norfolk Lavender Ltd.

Lavender oil is used to make a range of products including pot-pourri, scent and bathing oils, all of which can be bought from the estate shop.

harvesting.
Modern harvesting

The gathering, harvesting and distilling of the lavender oil can also be observed at Heacham.

You know when you have arrived at Caley Mill - your nose will intoxicate you with lavender's glorious smell.

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Norfolk Lavender Farm

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