The Demise of Scottish Gin?

1st January 1970

Prize-giving proves tonic as Holyrood is alerted to the plight of the Juniper bush.

Plantlife Scotland, the national branch of the leading UK charity working to protect wild plants, launched a report on the stark decline of Juniper during Scottish Environment Week with a competition to win a bottle of gin – aromatic Juniper berries provide the flavouring for gin.

How old is the oldest Juniper recorded in Britain? Tony King, researcher for Scott Barrie MSP, knew that the answer to this Scottish Environment Week quiz is 255 years old.

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