Secret Herb Garden jobs increase with Lothianburn Visitor Center and Tasting Room
The owners of The Secret Herb Garden in Lothianburn say the expansion could create nearly 40 new jobs at the site over the next two years.
The plans, filed with the Midlothian Council for formal consideration by officials and members, would see an additional still added to its current distillery and visitor center.
In their planning statement, the owners of The Secret Herb Garden said, “These modifications and extensions will improve the poor quality and temporary nature of existing buildings and create an environment that better reflects the premium brand ‘Secret Garden Gin’ and will add an aura of permanence and quality to this unique place.
“The additional still will further enhance the durability of the gin brand and further strengthen its ‘garden to the bottle’ provenance.”
The Secret Herb Garden attracts approximately 20,000 visitors per year to its 7.5 acre site, home to its current herb nursery, shop, café and distillery.
It is a renowned gin producer, appreciated by spirits lovers for some of its unique distillations and has built a reputation for quality products.
The planning application calls for a partial change of use of the existing distillery and barn to relocate the existing drying room, offices and staff facilities and change part of the barn to expand the distillery and create a new one. lobby, tasting area and shop.
A statement from the agents said the drying room will be surrounded by glass as part of the visitors’ experience, as they will be able to observe the production process.
He says jobs will be created by the expansion, adding, “The proposal will nearly double employment levels at the Secret Garden Distillery, from 34 current employees to 47 employees by 2023-24.
“The proposal will also increase the number of jobs at Secret Herb Garden from 48 current employees to 68 employees during the summer by 2023-24.
“This equates to 38 additional new jobs at the company by 2023-24 due to the proposed development.”
The development request is under study.