Tree planting in Scotland receives a boost as drinks companies set out to reduce their carbon footprint by planting 1 million trees each

Tree planting in Scotland is to receive a massive boost with drinks company Diageo and craft brewer BrewDog set to plant one million trees each to reduce their carbon footprint.

Diageo, which owns the Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, this week announced that it will join forces with its partners across Scotland to plant one million trees to create biodiverse-rich, sustainable woodland that are havens for wildlife and accessible for people to visit and enjoy in decades to come.

Johnnie Walker intends to plant one million trees across the four corners of Scotland before 2025. To date, 389,000 of the one million trees have been planted near two of the Johnnie Walker distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Over the lifetime of this project, these trees are anticipated to absorb over 69,000 tonnes of C02 – the equivalent of taking 10,500 flights around the world or driving almost half a million times from London to Edinburgh.

At Allt Ruadh, near Glen Ord distillery, Johnnie Walker has joined forces with Trees for Life to plant ancient and native trees which will serve as a vital wildlife corridor and increase habitat availability for species including black grouse, crossbills and red squirrels.

Julie Bramham, Global Brand Director for Johnnie Walker, said: “Scotland is our homeland. It is where our journey began 200 years ago and it’s at the heart of everything that makes our whiskies so special. As we throw open the doors to the next 200 years of our journey, we want to take positive strides forward to nourish and protect the wild Scottish landscapes and pristine natural resources that have shaped our whiskies for generations.”

It follows the purchase of 2,000 acres of Scottish highland by Scottish craft brewer BrewDog, who plan to plant 1m trees there with the ambition to remove twice as much carbon from the air than it emits each year. 

Earlier this year, Scottish craft brewers BrewDog announced that it had bought more than 2000 acres of farmland north of Loch Lomond where it plans to plant one million trees as the company declared itself double carbon negative.

The BrewDog Forest, which was previously farming land, will be open to the public and company will host retreats and volunteer opportunities at a sustainable campsite and bar.

The Scottish brewery will create 1,400 acres of woodland, which will be home to native broadleaf trees, and 650 acres of peatland restoration which acts as a carbon sink. Work on The BrewDog Forest is expected to start early next year. 

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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