Ranscombe Wild Gin

A Partnership With Plantlife

The Maidstone Distillery is forging an exciting partnership with UK conservation charity Plantlife, to create a new gin distilled with wild foraged botanicals from Plantlife’s flagship nature reserve in Cuxton, Kent.

‘Ranscombe Wild’ is the second gin produced by The Maidstone Distillery. It is  a contemporary artisan gin, with a flavour influenced by our local surroundings and is distilled in Maidstone. It takes its inspiration from the stunning wild plants of the countryside, with the botanically rich, ancient landscape of Kent being of particular reference; Ranscombe Farm nature reserve, the source of the gin’s distinctive botanicals, is internationally important for its wildlife and one of the most important places in Britain for wild flowers.

Ranscombe Wild Small Batch Gin is a celebration of these wild plants, both locally and across the UK, and a donation from every bottle sold is given to Plantlife to help its valuable conservation work to save wild plants. To help celebrate this partnership Plantlife have extended a 50% discount to our Founding Members who may wish to purchase a membership with them.

The ‘Ranscombe Wild’ recipe combines extracts of Calamint, Marjoram, Beech leaves, Poppy seeds and Red clover – all sourced from Ranscombe Farm nature reserve where they grow abundantly. These unique botanicals are far more than a footnote to the recipe, but represent much of the core flavour of this contemporary gin.

Support the petition to protect native wild plants in your area.

Over 700 species of wild flower grow on the UK’s road verges – nearly 45% of our total flora.  And where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows… a multitude of bees, butterflies, birds and bugs.  All enjoyed by 23 million road commuters.

​Visit Plantlife’s website to find out more about the campaign to introduce guidelines to manage road verges better, by cutting less and allowing native wild plants to grow. Click here to find out more! 





We are reinstating the tradition of Maidstone pioneer and master distiller, George Bishop, who created quality and world-renowned spirits from our county town back in 1785. We are reclaiming our forgotten heritage to produce spirits of depth, meaning and character that we can all be proud of. He was a champion of the people and it’s time for his legacy to be tasted again.