Volunteers are set to have a hand in the creation of a new limited edition sloe gin thanks to rural distillery Warner
The company’s founders Tom Warner and Sion Edwards are teaming up with fellow family-run farming business, West Lodge Rural Centre in Desboroughto pick sloes from the countryside this Sunday.
The distilling duo, who create gin in a 200-year-old converted barn in Harrington, have offered surrounding communities the chance to help out and create an army of fruit pickers.
The event also offers the volunteers a chance to swap the sloe berries they hand-pick for a free bottle of sloe gin when it has been made and Warner Edwards vouchers.
Pickers will also receive a commemorative certificate, a place on a roll of honour and an invite to a party marking the launch of the new product in December.
Mr Warner said: “We need about three-and-a-half tons of sloe berries to be able to create our gin. We are a Northamptonshire business and wanted to ensure we used sloes from the surrounding area.”
Warner Edwards produces its gin traditionally using the farm’s natural spring water and they fill, number, wax seal and label every single bottle by hand on-site.
The Hedgerow Harvest event runs from 10am until 5pm and will offer free tractor rides to take visitors to all the berry-picking hot spots.
It costs £5.95 for adults or £4.95 for children and further discounts are available for family tickets and young children. Activities include more than three miles of walks and trails, play areas, piglet racing, pony-grooming and a chance to meet lambs.
To find stockists or to buy direct from Warner Edwards, visit the website www.warner edwards.com.