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WWF Cork oak landscapes programme

WWF-Canon / Edward PARKER

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Cork harvester and his mule carrying harvested cork out of the forest, Andalucia, Spain.

Cork trees can live up to 500 years. Although the cork can be stripped every nine years, it takes at least 40 for the bark to become commercially viable. That is why most cork farms are passed down to the next generation, hoping they will eventually benefit from this unique forest product.

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