We’ll al­ways have gin

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

GIN lovers re­joice! The fu­ture of the spirit is safe; last week, the UK Na­tional Tree Seed Pro­ject an­nounced it had col­lected seeds of ju­niper plants for preser­va­tion: gin’s key in­gre­di­ent, they will be stored at the Mil­len­nium Seed Bank in Wake­hurst, West Sus­sex.

Although the pop­u­lar­ity of gin has been in­creas­ing, the seeds them­selves have re­cently come un­der threat from a deadly fun­gus­like or­gan­ism, Phy­toph­thora aus­tro­cedri. Stor­age won’t cure the dis­ease, but will safe­guard a source of ju­niper. In this in­creas­ingly un­cer­tain world, it’s good to know that, what­ever hap­pens, we can al­ways have a gin and tonic. JF

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