Ben Lomond Gin aims to protect UK’s wild places with new Explorer Series

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Ben Lomond Gin has launched a new limited-edition gin, The Schiehallion, the first release in its Explorer Series, launched to support the conservation, protection, and restoration of the UK’s wild places.

The Explorer Series, in partnership with the John Muir Trust, will be distilled using a unique selection of foraged botanicals found in some of the UK’s best wild places, protected by leading conservation charity the John Muir Trust.

Founded in 1983, the Trust is inspired by the life and works of John Muir (1838-1914), the Scots-born founding father of modern conservation and the inspiration behind national parks. He was an advocate of the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, from where Ben Lomond Gin takes its inspiration.

John Grieveson, Chief Marketing Officer of Ben Lomond Gin owner Loch Lomond Group, said, “Ben Lomond Gin was inspired by the natural beauty of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, which exists today due to the effort of ‘father of national parks’ John Muir. We’re delighted to launch our Explorer Series in collaboration with the Trust established in his name.

“It’s truly been a collaborative project from the start, and we worked closely with the John Muir Trust botanists to create The Schiehallion; the perfect balance of sweet and crisp botanicals inspired by the legends of The Fairy Hill of the Caledonians.

“We’re proud that a direct contribution from every purchase of The Schiehallion will help fund the John Muir Trust’s Wild Woods Appeal, dedicated to expanding and restoring native woodlands across the wild places in its care.”

Tom Corke, John Muir Trust East Schiehallion Manager, said, “Five thousand years ago, as much as 60 per cent of the UK was covered with trees but centuries of loss caused by human and animal impact, the spread of invasive species, and climate change means that today, native woodland covers just four per cent of the country.

“Woodlands play an essential role in providing clean air, carbon storage and soil retention, as well as providing important habits for many threatened species. As such, our Wild Woods Appeal is putting a spotlight on native restoration, starting with planting 50,000 trees on Skye and Knoydart. This will include Scots pine, birch and rowan – an essential botanical of Ben Lomond Gin.

“Ben Lomond Gin’s support will help plant, protect and expand these essential ecosystems across the wild places in our care. This partnership will provide valuable funds for the Trust’s work, while raising awareness of this vital cause.”