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The Coconut Tree

The coconut tree is thought to be one of the most valuable trees in the world. It is mostly found by the sea where there is a hot and wet climate. The coconuts often fall into the sea and float on the water until they reach another beach, where more trees then begin to grow. Holiday makers often see the coconut tree as no more than an attractive sun umbrella that provides shade . However, this amazing tree has hundreds of uses and more are still being discovered. People have made houses, boats and baskets from the coconut tree’s wood and leaves for centuries. Even today, if you take a look in your cupboards, you will find coconut oil in products as different as medicine and desserts.

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London Parks

London is famous for its parks and gardens. Some of them belong to the Crown, but they are all open to the public, and the entrance is free of charge. In St James’s Park, you can watch and feed swans, ducks, geese, and other water birds. Hyde Park used  to be a hunting ground and is still popular with horse riders.

Those who like a good argument should go to the Speakers’ Corner to listen to individuals giving speeches on various subjects. Regent’s Park now houses London Zoo and open-air theatre where Shakespeare’s plays are staged in summer. Not all the parks are in the city centre. Greenwich and Richmond are located in the suburbs. All these areas of green give the city dwellers an excellent chance to enjoy some peace away from traffic and crowded streets.