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One of the oldest cork oak trees in the world is over 500 years old
Montargil, in the municipality of Ponte de Sor, is home to one of the oldest cork oak trees in the world. It was never harvested and is surrounded by barbed wire to protect it, and to prevent cattle from lying under its shade, as this could erode the soil, and expose its roots.
Portugal boasts the world’s largest and most productive cork oak tree
The world’s largest and most productive cork oak tree hails from Águas de Moura, in the municipality of Palmela. Known as the Whistler tree for its canopy songbirds, it is 243 years old and has been harvested over twenty times since 1783. The Whistler tree has been listed as a “Tree of Public interest” since 1988.
The world’s largest cork mosaic is made of 400 thousand stoppers
As certified by the Guinness World Records, the world’s largest cork mosaic is made of some 400 thousand stoppers displaying Portuguese icons and Ponte de Sor landmarks. You can see the panel in Ponte de Sor, at the Centro de Artes e Cultura.