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Sloe Swap FAQ's

Gin Fans, come and join us for our annual Sloe Swap at Falls Farm on Sunday 6th October 2019. W're encouraging our local community (and further!) to get involved with this years Sloe Swap. It's a fun activity to get your friends and family involved with... and you can swap your sloes for our Harrington Sloe Gin

See you there!

What is a sloe?

A sloe is a fruit that can be found on a Blackthorn Tree. Check out what a Blackthorn Tree looks like below and find out more about them here.


How do I harvest sloes?

You will need:

  • Walking stick
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves
  • Bucket

Put on your gloves. Hold your umbrella upside down underneath a sloe bush. Hook your walking stick around a branch and pull it down towards you. Gently pluck the individual ripe sloes with your fingers, allowing them to tumble into your umbrella, then pour them into your bucket. Avoid stripping the branch, as you will catch unripe sloes as well as leaves and twigs. Any berries that are still firmly attached to the bush are not ripe, so leave them be until your next visit.


What do I need to do with my sloes once I've picked them?

Remove any twigs and leaves – these will be detrimental to flavour. You can use a hair drier to blow the leaves away as you pour your sloes into a bucket. This will be both fun and effective.

Freeze your sloes - Please freeze them until Sunday 6th October. This ensures that they stay ‘fresh’, whilst bursting the skins and saving us from hand-pricking them all! It will also add some weight to your haul, so well worth doing...! 


How many sloes do I need to bring?

  • 2-5kg of frozen sloes = 1 x 5cl bottle of Warner's Sloe Gin
  • 5-10kg of frozen sloes = 1 x 20cl bottle of Warner's Sloe Gin
  • 10+kg of frozen sloes = 1 x 70cl bottle of Warner's Sloe Gin

Can I bring Damsons?

No, we only use sloes in our Sloe Gin. Sloes and damsons are very similar in the way they look, but using damsons would affect the flavour of our gin. A sloe is slightly smaller and firmer than a damson. Damsons tend to be found on trees whereas sloes are more commonly found on hedgerows.

What date and time is the Sloe Swap?

Sunday 6th October between 11am and 5pm.

Where do I need to bring my sloes?

The Sloe Swap is taking place at our Distillery on Falls Farm. Please find our address below:

Warner's Distillery Ltd

Falls Farm

34 High Street




Happy foraging, Gin Fans! See you on Sunday 6th October :)