Our vision is of a positive, sustainable future where our activities support the diversity of Islay’s wild plants in their appropriate environmental context. Only by protecting this will we support and improve our livelihoods and well-being.
While this makes good business sense, the Company also appreciates the moral requirement to preserve the natural environment and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Islay on whose skills and community it depends.
Projects that the Foundation is currently involved in include improving the biodiversity on the distillery sites on Islay, supporting the Islay Natural History Trust with its compilation of a Biological Records Database and offering an annual bursary to a pupil from Islay High School. Botanists Dr Richard and Mavis Gulliver are actively involved in a Plantlife sponsored programme to reintroduce the rare prostrate juniper into suitable habitat on the island. Further projects are expected.
Also at the Edinburgh launch were CEO Simon Coughlin and Jan Reavey from Bruichladdich who served complimentary Botanist and tonics with a foraged twist to the delegates who included Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in the Scottish Government.