THREE innovative Glasgow companies have joined forces to raise money to help bring the former St Peter’s Seminary near Cardross in Argyll and Bute back to life as a distinctive visitor attraction and new cultural resource.
NVA, which is behind the St Peter’s project, has teamed up with Glasgow Distillery Company and Stand to produce a handcrafted limited-edition small-batch gin inspired by the historic landscape of Kilmahew, surrounding the seminary, which has been described most significant modernist building. Profits from sales of Kilmahew Gin will go towards restoring the woodland and Victorian walled garden at St Peter’s.
One thousand bottles are on pre-sale through nva.org.uk/shop, priced £40.
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NVA worked with Glasgow Distillery co-founder Mike Hayward to create an elegant gin that balances citrus and juniper for a zesty, full-flavoured spirit infused with orange peel, bramble leaf and rosehip.
The bottle and graphics were designed by Stand, a Glasgow brand and packaging agency.
With the money raised, NVA intends to repopulate the landscape with native and exotic plants, restore the path networks, and bring the abandoned Victorian walled garden back into use.
Over the next five years, Kilmahew woods will become a hub for community food-growing, creative learning, volunteering programmes and art events.
The St Peter’s project was awarded £4.2 million by Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland last year. After a successful fundraising campaign, construction works will begin on the building later in the year .