Belvoir on the lookout for more elderflower

06 March 2019

Pev Manners picking elderflower

Because of increasing demand for its English elderflower cordial, Belvoir Fruit Farms is looking to source additional wild elderflower on farmland and woodland in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. If you have any significant stands of elder bushes, please do let them know.

The company has been making elderflower cordial commercially since 1984, following a family recipe originally prepared by Lord and Lady John Manners in the 1970s. The family continues to farm arable land in the Vale of Belvoir and CLA member Peverel Manners is the company’s Managing Director.

70 acres of organic elderflower is home grown, but the company relies on hedgerows picked by local people for most of its wild produce and needs lots more. The picking season tends to run from the end of May until the end of June/early July, depending on the weather. Temporary picking stations operate near Bottesford on the A52 and Wansford on the A47 near Peterborough, where the elderflower is collected, weighed and paid for.

If you can pick it yourself, please take it for cash payment but if you have large quantities, the company can either organise a picking service and give you a commission or arrange a mobile collection. Belvoir Fruit Farms’ pickers would be responsibly managed and the arrangements covered by an appropriate licence.

The payment for picked flowers this year will be £2.60/kg. If you have elderflower to spare, contact Andrea Beddows on 07935 901408 or andrea.beddows@belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk