This is the Whistler Tree – the world’s most productive cork oak. It was planted in 1783 and has been harvested for its bark (cork) at least twenty three times in its life.
Why is it called the Whistler Tree? Because so many songbirds nest and shelter in its branches that you can hear it for what seems like miles around!
One year recently, the Whistler Tree’s harvest produced 1,200 kg of cork – more than most cork oaks produce in a lifetime. This harvest enabled the production of over 100,000 wine corks.
And that, so the locals say with a smile, is the secret of a long, productive life – many wine corks!
Now, as you know, a wine cork is cylindrical, so when you cut this shape from a piece of cork, some waste is left around the edges. It’s this spare cork that’s made into our cork flooring.
Our floors share all the advantages of natural cork – they’re light, elastic, compressible and hypoallergenic. They insulate against sound, heat and cold and they last for a very long time.
But perhaps most important of all, while growing as the bark of our trees, they store many times their own weight of carbon, thus helping to keep the planet alive by reducing global warming.
This is why our cork floors are unique among hard floors. Every gram of cork used in their manufacture has prevented CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Browse our long-lived and sustainable flooring range here.