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Lavender in Lavender Hill

Biography

Strawberry fields may be forever, but there is no doubt in Marcelle Marguerite van Zyl’s mind that Lavender Hills are better. She is the manager of the Lavender in Lavender Hill project, which grows lavender fields and gardens across Lavender Hill for beautification and farming purposes – the lavender is utilised for the production of products. Marcelle adds that this, in turn, leads to job creation in the area, while the Lavender in Lavender Hill project also runs corporate and group planting days and workshops. Apart from the natural beauty of lavender, the flowers are used to produce lavender cooking herbs, tea, biscuits, sachets, essential oils, bath salts, lip balm, body lotion and hand cream. Moreover, 26% of the profit goes to the Lavender Upliftment Trust, to run and sustain the project, while a further percentage is set aside for future projects in Lavender Hill.She points out that community members are employed to harvest the fields and also to create some of their own lavender products, which the company then resells for them. Her ultimate aim is to get Lavender in Lavender Hill products into the large resellers such as Clicks, Dischem and Pick n Pay. While financial stability is always important, Marcelle adds, the key to this project has always been the ability to help people and improve a community, thereby leaving a worthwhile legacy behind.