The Elderflower Picking Station is OPEN Sunday 23rd June, 2.30-4pm, and for further collections by arrangement, please call Andrea Beddows 07935 901408
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 bin bag 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
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