From the very beginning, The Lakes Distillery has sought to immerse itself in the local community. We felt a certain duty to embrace, nurture and protect the way of life in our beautiful home surroundings. As part of our corporate social responsibility promise, we support three local charities and make a commitment to producing our spirits in an environmentally friendly way. Events and annual donations are linked to each of our family of brands in developing their charities’ objectives.
The one and only British Isles blended whisky, The ONE, is firmly rooted in the Lake District as its home. There is no better way to support the local area than fundraising for Fix the Fells, a team of skilled volunteers who repair the mountain paths in the Lake District. Find out more:
The sustainably-sourced Cumbrian juniper and other local botanicals are a cornerstone in The Lakes Gin. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is dedicated to conserving the wildlife and wild places in and around the Lake District. Find out more:
Operating three air ambulance helicopters servicing the North East, North West and Yorkshire, the Great North Air Ambulance charity is associated with The Lakes Vodka. Find out more:
It is hardly surprising that we are so proud of our environment and heritage and are determined to protect and preserve it. Producing our spirits in the most environmentally friendly way possible is very important to us, and we are doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint.
Biomass boilers, burning fuel from sustainable sources, are used for all heating and hot water on the site and the draff, or barley waste, from our whisky production, is fed to local cattle. The distillery has its own on-site sewerage plant and recycled water is used for cooling the plant. We use an oil boiler for the steam required for the distilling process, and a biomass boiler for all our other heating requirements, including heating the buildings and offices.
The site is also situated on the main bus route between Keswick and Cockermouth, so that staff and visitors alike can minimise their use of cars.