Pretty UK lavender fields becoming overrun with tourists wanting Instagram shots

The UK is filled with some pretty breathtaking Instagram backdrops, but one farm in Surrey is proving particularly popular with the Instagram crowd.

The Mayfield Lavender Fields in Banstead look like something out of a storybook thanks to the colourful purple blooms to be found here – and of course they make for the prettiest photo backgrounds.

In fact, crowds of tourists have been descending on the fields to get social media worthy snaps, as well as capturing special moments from engagements to family photos.

Visiting isn't expensive either, as entrance is a one-off £2.50 fee paid on the day.

The problem is that, once a well-kept secret, now that the fields have become popular the crowds are getting increasingly bigger, but the space isn't increasing.

Now that the farm has opened for its 2019 season, it's got some advice for visitors – as well as some rules to try and manage the crowds.

The owners are asking people to try and avoid weekends, when the fields tend to be particularly busy.

A statement on the farm's website explains: "If you are planning a visit try to avoid the weekends if possible as they tend to be the busiest and we have limited capacity in our car park".

And while you could previously enjoy a leisurely picnic on site, these are now banned due to a "growing issue of discarded rubbish" (there is an on-site café for those who do feel peckish).

The farm has also had to deal with requests for coaches filled with tourists wanting to visit – but as there isn't space for a vehicle of that size to turn around in the farm, they're asking people to give them advance notice so they can organise a meeting point.

Speaking of transport, it's advisable to take public transport if you can as the queues of cars can get quite long.

Thinking of conducting a photo shoot there? Because of its popularity the owners have had to introduce "a separate registration fee for professional photographers".

The farm is of course looking to protect its lavender; picking the flowers is prohibited, although they do sell bunches in the farm shop for those who are determined to bring some home.

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