Lynda Whitcombe lives and works with her husband Gary at Plantation Cottage, in the Vale of Evesham – a far cry from her work years ago in the high commissioner’s office in Nigeria. Lynda’s background is farming, her late father had worked on farms for 50 years. Returning from Africa, she gained an honours degree in commercial horticulture.
In 2007 she nominated a buyer for one of Localise West Midlands’s Fair Deal Awards.
Culinary, medicinal, and ornamental herbs – along with seasonal vegetables – are grown in their cottage garden; fruit and herb jellies, preserves, and vinegars are made in the kitchen. Their preserves are made from local fruit and jellies are made using the traditional ‘drip bag’ method which requires no additives or preservatives. They are sold to local delicatessens (including Waitrose ‘local initiative’), farm shops and National Trust shops.
The Whitcombes rear a small flock of sheep, producing meat butchered by Gary and sold locally. The skins are sent to an organic tannery, returning as sheepskin rugs and the wool is used for spinning and weaving. A few hives produce honey, again sold locally.