Media Release: More than 15,000 trees planted at whisky distillery


CHIVAS Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has planted more than 15,000 native pinewood trees on the site of its Tormore distillery in Speyside.

The planting project, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, saw 11.38 hectares of new native woodland and habitat protection area established, with a mixture of Caledonian pines and native broadleaf trees such as aspen, birch, willow, alder and rowan.

The planting and sourcing of trees, as well as specialist advice, was supplied by Sylvestrus Ltd.

Tormore distillery sits in the village of Advie on the banks of the River Spey. The site of the planting is adjacent to other native woodland, including some semi-ancient woodland. It sits within the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park, and is close to the Speyside Way walking route.

The surrounding area is designated as being of Great Landscape Value, due to its status as a natural habitat for Black Grouse and Capercaillie – both endangered bird species which thrive only in native woodlands.

The whole Spey Corridor is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation, while the Tormore woodland site is part of a larger area specially designated and protected as an Important Bird Area.

Ronald Daalmans, environment manager for Chivas Brothers, said: “When we initially began discussions with Woodland Trust we quickly realised the positive impact this planting project would have, both for the local community and the area’s wildlife.

“Over time, 700 – 1500 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide will be stored by the trees, growing and locking up the carbon in their trunks and avoiding its contribution to global warming.

“We have also supported the local economy by purchasing the seedlings from a local Fochabers tree nursery.”

Local forestry advisor, Dietrich Pannwitz of Sylvestrus Ltd, said: “It was great to work with Chivas Brothers on this planting project, creating an area of native woodland in such a picturesque setting.

“This area is of great significance in terms of bird species, and these new trees will help create a future habitat for some rare and beautiful species.”

Chivas Brothers is constantly innovating to improve its environmental performance.

Other recent exapmles include the newly-opened Dalmunach distillery on the banks of the River Spey at Carron, which was built using the latest innovations and environmental expertise such as heat recovery technology.

It is the most energy efficient distillery within Chivas Brothers’ portfolio, with a 20 per cent improvement over traditional distilleries.

Chivas Brothers recently won The Sustainability Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards with Dalmunach praised for its design efficiency.


About Chivas Brothers

Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range.

The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.


For further information contact:

Kirstin Anderson

Communications Manager

Chivas Brothers

Tel: 0141 531 2526 / 07795 953908


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