Case Study - John Dewar

01 Dec 2010

As part of the phased build, a total of 135,000 trees and shrubs will be planted. The trees will provide a natural screening for the site and provide biodiversity and ecological habitats for a range of local bird and mammal species as well as removing CO2 from the air and convert it to oxygen. To date, 82,000 trees and shrubs have been planted, together with areas of grassland and wildflower zones. The local council and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) were involved in choosing the species type, mix and density. The species of the trees and plants are generally all broadleaved and indigenous to the local area.

Management of the water environment is something distillers take seriously. Working closely with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and SNH, Dewar's has provided a new wetland habitat in the form of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) retention pond at the site. This sits alongside two natural watercourses which are an important habitat for wildlife including protected species such as water vole, otter and birds (nesting oystercatchers already having been seen at the retention pond). SUDS schemes that are located near to existing wetlands are valuable as they strengthen wildlife populations.

SUDS are a sequence of water management practices and facilities designed to drain
surface water. They provide a more sustainable approach than the conventional practice of diverting run-off through a pipe to a watercourse.