Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Pop those corks


Did anyone watch a documentary called 'Cork - Forest in a Bottle' on BBC2 last weekend. Lots of us buy more wine this time of year so it was a timely reminder to always buy bottles with corks in, not plastic stoppers or screwtops.
The film showed a fabulously beautiful region of Portugal given over to growing cork trees for generations. Cork grows in and contributes to a specific habitat (sorry forget the Portuguese name) which is fantastic for plants and animals. The trees are de-barked once every 9 years and the bark grows back. At the same time this sustainable industry provides a living for the thousands who harvest it. And it's obviously not only Portugal...

PS The true fact that I'm a Corkwoman has nothing to do with it.

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