Welcome to Somerset Lavender

We grow and harvest lavender for its essential oil on our farm. Discover the wonders of lavender and enjoy the sight of the fields in full bloom. Find out how we plough, plant, weed, harvest and distil the essential oil. Based in the village of Faulkland, only nine miles south of Bath and six miles from Frome, Somerset Lavender is open to visitors throughout the summer months.

Wander at will through our Lavender Garden where we trial over 20 varieties of Lavender. Breathe in the scent and notice the differing qualities of each plant, then rest awhile in the Rose Arbour. In the Lavender Fields, look across more than five acres of Lavender, walk through the fields and absorb the sight of more than 50,000 Lavender plants with butterflies, the bees humming while they collect pollen to make our honey.

Our healing garden is packed full of useful herbs from the commonplace to more unusual varieties: Thyme and Lemon Balm, Arnica and Echinacea to name only a few. Sit on our camomile seat and take in the wonderful scent.  Visit us in the summer to find out more.

History

Somerset Lavender has been welcoming visitors to Horsepond Farm since 2006.  We haven’t always grown lavender here; originally Horsepond Farm had a herd of Jersey and Guernsey cows producing creamy Channel Island milk.  We also bred our own ‘followers’ so we had tiny calves and young heifers too. Our farm is about 50 acres so we grew as big as we could but sadly with the falling milk price we had to look at other ways to be able to earn a living from this third generation family farm.  Eventually we hit on the idea of lavender and slowly over a period of five years and much research we landscaped and planted thousands of plants. It was a big learning curve and at times we wondered if we’d done the right thing but over time people began to visit us.

Dairy farming at Horsepond was started by Joseph Green. In the 1930s he was a miner and as mining stopped in the area many of his cousins moved to Wales to the bigger mines. Joseph wanted a different life for his family and took the opportunity to rent Horsepond Farm from the Seymour sisters and latterly he bought the farm.  Back then it was a typical mixed farm: a few jersey cows, some hens and geese, a few pigs.  Joseph did the village milk round too.  His sons Frank and Ted took over just after the Second World War and carried on with the milking herd; they also grew potatoes, wheat, and had a few pigs. In more recent years quotas were introduced and the Greens received quota for milk and not much more. So they specialised in milk by default. This continued   for quite some while until 1994 when Francis and Judith took on the farm. Then there were about 50 cows in the milking herd so they set about building up the herd up to about 70 milkers but at the same time the milk price started to fall. Eventually the price for milk dropped by two thirds so something had to change, with fifty acres to farm the milking herd could not get any bigger and so the idea of lavender growing was born.