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Elderflower pickers urgently needed as demand for Belvoir’s cordial grows

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Belvoir Fruit Farms are searching for elderflower pickers as their demand for their product grows.

Over 60 tonnes of elderflower – that’s 3.6 million flowerheads – are needed to keep up with demand for the drinks — thus the annual call for pickers from Lincolnshire to help harvest the frothy blossoms.

Belvoir can only accept flowers at their freshest best, so the flowerheads do need to have been picked that day and should not include any stalks.

From May 24 until the end of June there will be four weighing stations open Monday to Saturday, where Belvoir will be accepting flowers.

They are located at:

  • Belvoir Fruit Farms, Barkestone Lane, Bottesford, Notts, NG13 0DH
  • Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, Thornhaugh, off A1/A47 junction at Wansford, PE8 6HJ
  • Swarkestone Nursery, Lowes Lane, Swarkestone, Derbyshire, DE73 7GQ
  • Thaymar Ice Cream, Haughton Park Farm, Nr Bothamsall, Retford, DN22 8DB

Belvoir will pay £2.10 per kilo picked and an experienced picker can harvest up to 45 kilos of elderflowers in one day.

Pev Manners, MD for Belvoir said: “Helping with the elderflower harvest is a wonderful opportunity to take part in a delightful countryside tradition.

“We have been encouraging people to help with the harvest for over 30 years now and welcome back many of the same people year after year. ”

For more information visit the website.