This week I’m speaking to Joff Curtoys, conservationist, ecologist and founder of Sloemotion Distillery. Saturday just gone saw the launch of National Hedgerow Day, an annual event launched by Joff to inspire people to undertake their own foraging missions to spot what’s growing and living in their local hedgerows. Hedgerows are historically important, biodiverse and fascinating, as Joff explains.
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About Joff Curtoys
Joff is the founder of Sloemotion Distillery, a family-run Yorkshire business producing small batch spirits and liqueurs, and a passionate advocate of wildlife conservation. He has a background working for the RSPB and his respect for the environment and protection of the countryside is deeply embedded into how Sloemotion operates. The brand has its roots firmly in the Yorkshire countryside and this is a huge influence on the premium spirits they produce providing not only a source of sloes and hedgerow fruits, but also inspiration on their doorstep.
What we talk about:
The history of hedgerows
Hedgerows and biodiversity
When and what to forage from hedgerows
Managing hedgerows for foraging
National Hedgerow Day https://www.sloemotiondistillery.com/national-hedgerow-day/
A Natural History of the Hedgerow – John Wright https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/John-Wright/A-Natural-History-of-the-Hedgerow–and-ditches-dykes-and-dry-stone-walls/20493285