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Woman Forced to Remove Dying Tree, Turns It Into Tiny Library Instead

When city workers of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told Sharalee Armitage Howard they would have to remove a huge 110-year-old tree from her front yard, she was saddened. Determined to preserve whatever she could of the beautiful tree, she decided to turn the tree’s trunk into a free neighbourhood library with the help of the nonprofit organization, Little Free Library. With over 75,000 ‘Little Free Libraries’ in 88 countries, it’s possible you’ve seen these (though not as elaborate) in your own neighbourhood! According to Sharalee, the old cottonwood tree was starting…

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This Is Where Your Wine Corks Come From

Uncorking a bottle of wine after a long day is one of the few true pleasures in life. But ever wonder where that small cork—aka the last thing standing between you and your favorite red—comes from? In Portugal, there’s a long and rich history of harvesting cork trees. Harvesters strip trees of their bark by hand, using a process that makes certain the tree remains alive and healthy. The method is so difficult that harvesters begin learning the trade from a young age, keeping up a skill passed down through…

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10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die

Jeff Goldblum said it best in Jurassic Park, “Life, uh.. finds a way“. And long after we’re gone our green friends will remain. Below you will find 10 badass trees that refused to die. Let their strength and perseverance inspire you on your darkest days 💪 1. This Gravity-Defying Tree in Olympic National Park, Washington   Photograph by ticktock44 on reddit 2. This Badass that Fell Over and Grew Four More Trees   Photograph via expatriate77 on reddit 3. This Palm Tree That Picked Itself Right Back Up   Photograph…

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