Shropshire couple's heartbreak at leaving lavender 'paradise'
A couple who have been welcoming visitors to their lavender fields for more than 15 years say they are heartbroken to be leaving their "little bit of paradise".
Robin and Joanna Spencer bought their farm near Newport, Shropshire, 30 years ago; growing lavender there since 2002.
But they say they will no longer be opening the site to the public which flocks to it every summer as they are retiring to Scotland.
They hope to sell it to another family.
"We want to leave a legacy here," said Mr Spencer, adding the lavender's growing and cutting - all done by hand - had become a "struggle" for the couple in their late 60s.
He said: "Age has caught up with us. My leg is aching and I can't cut the lavender - it's just time to move on."
Mrs Spencer agreed. "We have lived our dream, but we're getting older," she said.
Starting with 200 plants in the early 2000s, the Spencers now have between 15,000 and 20,000, which they sell in bunches or use in products including essential oils and soaps.
Mr Spencer said: "As I was cutting the lavender yesterday, I thought 'God, I'm going to miss this, it's so beautiful'.
"It's a little bit of paradise - I sometimes wonder if I am in heaven."
Shropshire Lavender Fields will be open to visitors until the end of August.
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