A young couple that have gone back to their Yorkshire roots, to establish England's smallest and first self-built whisky and gin distillery, are caring for the local environment too by partnering with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to plant more than 400 new trees in the region over the next 12 months.
Established by co-founders Chris Jaume, a chartered architect and Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, Cooper King Distillery has made a pledge to plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle of gin sold, to reduce its carbon footprint.
The distillery is based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire and the trees will be planted in the local area.
The business, which recently began distilling its signature gin, Cooper King York Dry Gin, will partner with the charity to plant 4000-5000 square metres of native woodland within the first year.
Cooper King York Dry Gin is set to be retail ready in May this year, when the distillery opens its doors to the public for the very first time.
The company holds a strong focus on having a positive impact on the environment, having recently partnered with green energy specialists, Ecotricity, Cooper King is one of only three of distilleries in England to be run on 100% green energy.
Whilst visiting Australia, Chris and Abbie became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in that part of the world. With a mission to bring their discoveries back to England, Chris and Abbie set up their independent craft whisky and gin distillery back home in Yorkshire.
The video below outlines their story and their Yorkshire links of family, produce and craft: