In 1972, 45 year-old Englishman Brendon Grimshaw left his job as an newspaper editor to live on an island 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa. Called Moyenne Island, he purchased the small, half-mile diameter island for 10,ooo British pounds. Some 30+ years later it’s worth 10’s of millions of pounds more—and that’s the problem.

For the past 30-plus years, Grimshaw and Rene Lafortune cultivated the island by hand, planting thousands of  trees and plants, importing sea turtles, building path, etc.–all to create a harmonious oasis of nature. But after Lafortune died, the 80-plus year-old Grimshaw realized he had a problem. He doesn’t have any heirs and fears the island he’s spend years cultivating, preserving, and “listening to” will be taken over by greedy developers, which has been the fate of four other island in the area.

via Moyenne Island & the mahogany trees.

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