February: Dedication of Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building at Dr. South’s Primary School
The new building is now up and running for the children of Dr South’s School, Islip: the Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building in memory of our late friend who helped set up this wonderful venture is already serving the community. It is a fantastic building and the children are benefiting from it enormously. Further profits from Jacobs Field Lavender will be going to Project Hope in South Africa, Home-Start Oxford and Vale House, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford.
There are now thirty 50m rows of lavender (seven different varieties) growing in the field. Two varieties are used for producing toiletries and dried flowers, one for selling as fresh bunches in the summer and five rows are for a mix of all. The new rows take a few years to start producing significant quantities of lavender flowers and oil, but we aim to roll out the process each year to expand the lavender growing.
It was a very hard decision not to have an open weekend in 2015, but we felt our trusty team of volunteers needed a break and with more lavender coming on stream to be harvested, the days grew ever longer. We hope to run open weekends for the public to see what we do and how we do it in alternate years. So watch out for 2016.