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Deep purple: Fields a sea of colour as Norfolk lavender blooms

PUBLISHED: 15:14 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:30 22 June 2020

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

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It’s a glorious sight to gladden your heart as lockdown eases.

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

Fields are flooded with waves of purple as the lavender comes into bloom.

The vivid sight is a much-loved summer spectacle beside the A149 coast road at Heacham, near Hunstanton.

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

It comes after fields nearby have come ablaze with poppies.

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Lavender has been grown around Caley Mill at Heacham for almost a century.

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

Norfolk Lavender came to Heacham in 1932, when three men and a boy planted six acres.

It’s been harvested every summer since, with oil from the fragrant Mediterranean flowers distilled for perfumes and cosmetics.

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

The unmistakeable scent drifts across the village when the harvest begins.

Legend has it the iconic plant was first brought to our shores by the Romans, who established several outposts in north Norfolk.

The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom  Picture: Chris Bishop The lavender fields at Heacham are a sea of purple as the fragrant flowers come into full bloom Picture: Chris Bishop

Nowadays, Norfolk Lavender houses the national collection, made up of more than 100 varieties.


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