One of Jersey's tourist attractions has been sold to a new owner, who says he has major expansion plans for the site.
Gary Hartland says he intends to turn Jersey Lavender in St. Brelade into a premier attraction, including a Butterfly World, and a new picnic area.
The 35 year old, family-run attraction, boasts a working farm, gardens and nine acres of lavender fields, from which are produced essential oils to be turned into a range of specialised products that are sold at the farm and distributed all over the world.
Pictured: The Lavender Farm is set in the heart of St. Brelade.
Mr Hartland said: “Our vision is to make Jersey Lavender a premier tourist attraction, supplementary to the already excellent Lavender Farm. Just two of the initiatives will be a Butterfly World - providing a natural environment for butterflies and wildlife - and introducing a picnic area for visitors so they can spend more time at the farm and relax. We have other plans which will be unveiled over the coming months.
“Jersey Lavender will, much like the previous owners, Alastair and Eleanor Christie, be a family-run business and we are pleased that the Christies will remain in the background for a time, giving us the benefit of their years of experience in the specialist nature of lavender and herb production. The Farm will be managed on a daily basis by a new team, comprised of several members who have worked alongside me in Jersey for a number of years.”
Pictured: The new owners are hoping to turn Jersey Lavender into a premier attraction.
The Lavender Farm was created in 1983 by the Christie family who had owned the land for many generations. From 2002 it was run by Alastair and Eleanor Christie until just earlier this year.
The couple said: “We are looking forward to pursuing other opportunities open to us; and are equally pleased to be able to support Gary and his family as they make Jersey Lavender their own. Jersey has such a diversity to offer residents and visitors alike and the Farm is a significant part of Jersey’s history – and its exciting future. We wish Gary and his family every success.”
Pictured: James Freitas of the new owner’s company with Eleanor Christie outside the distillery.
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