Sean and Mary from the Northumberland National Parks have come today to help set up a number of temporary guards at the juniper stand by the spring. These guards prevent rabbits, deer or sheep from grazing young junipers. In time we will add some of our seedlings to the areas where the self-set youngsters are found. The intriguing thing is how very much better the Juniper do on ground watered by the springs that emerge at this level from the moor.
These springs – often called flushes – are rich in minerals that give the ground a slightly alkaline pH and support a broader variety of plants than elsewhere on the moor. The water from the main spring under our junipers is piped direct to the distillery to blend back into our Gin – what supported the junipers in the wild we believe must mix best with them back in the bottle.