Greensand Ridge is UKs Most Sustainable Distillery

Greensand Ridge, a craft distillery near Shipbourne, in the Weald of Kent, has been recognised in the annual Spirits Business awards with the 2019 Distillery Sustainability Award.

The award, which covers global spirits brands, shortlisted distilleries which prioritise a reduction in environmental impact and a commitment to sustainable practices.

In awarding the prestigious accolade to Greensand RIdge, the judges recognised the distillery’s work in becoming the first UK carbon neutral distillery, but put particular emphasis on the complete approach that Greensand Ridge takes to sustainability.

“Greensand Ridge impressed us with their holistic approach to sustainability,'' said David T Smith, one of the judging panel. “Across energy use, water, chemicals, waste or raw material sourcing, any of these could have got Greensand Ridge on the shortlist, but it is the fact that they impress over all of those things that deservedly won them the award”.

The Kent-based distillery was launched in 2015 with the aim of being ultra-low impact on the environment while also having a positive impact by using surplus produce from local farmers, such as plums and apples which supermarkets can’t take.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised for the breadth of work we do” says Greensand Ridge founder and distiller, Will Edge. “Individual headline achievements can be really engaging, but sometimes the most difficult work is also the least sexy.”

Greensand Ridge’s 2019 Sustainability report is available online at, and spirits can be purchased directly, from fine food outlets or by the trade directly from the distillery or through distributors.

About Greensand Ridge Distillery

Greensand Ridge Distillery launched in July 2015 with the mission to reduce food waste at the farm gate by fermenting and distilling quality produce that supermarkets can’t take and using these along with local botanicals such as cobnuts, gorse and bay to make a range of unique spirits.

Powered by 100% renewable electricity and with a zero target for chemical use, plastics and non-recyclable waste, Greensand Ridge Distillery is a truly sustainable business.

Gin lovers can visit the distillery, set in a beautiful location overlooking the Weald of Kent, just outside the village of Shipbourne, as part of a Gin Experience, where visitors can create their own full bottle of gin to take away with them.

The business is run Will Edge who worked in IT, marketing and finance before he undertook a Masters’ Degree in Brewing & Distilling in order to return home to Kent and set about turning his love of spirits and craft cider-making into a livelihood.