Birken is the old Scots word for birch, and in Scotland birch tapping has been carried out traditionally and sustainably for over 5,000 years. Sacred in Celtic mythology, the birch was revered for its purity and life-giving properties.
The trees we select for tapping are between 200-300 years old and are uniquely found in Highland Perthshire.
A core part of our ethos is helping to restore the Highland birch woods. Rob, the founder of Birkentree, is a professional forester with many decades of experience in managing woodlands. He oversees a range of woodlands and estates including the ancient birch woods where we harvest our birchwater from. We are privileged to work with and preserve these ancient trees for generations to come.