Where: St. Austell, Cornwall, Southwest England
What’s it about: Three environments constructed in giant greenhouses to educate about safeguarding the environment and the natural world
When to go: Open year round but best avoided on rainy days
The Eden Project can be found in a crater in Cornwall containing two large greenhouses (biomes). The whole area is 200 feet deep and larger than 35 football pitches. Set up in 2000 as a millennium project, the aim is to explain the importance of caring for the environment by celebrating nature.
There are three environments within the Project: in the Tropical Biome you can see plants like bananas, coffee, and cocoa while the Warm Temperature Biome features Mediterranean landscapes, and the Outdoor Environment houses species that grow in Britain’s own native environment. Altogether, these house over 100,000 plants representing 5,000 species from across the world.
Constructing the biomes was a feat in itself. It uses the world’s largest birdcage scaffolding which, although tall enough to house eleven double-decker buses, has no internal support. Not content with their achievements so far, the team is planning a third semi-arid biome.
An Eden education
By showing this array of nature, the Eden Project hopes to educate people about our dependence on nature and the need to sustain natural resources. It emphasizes that without plants there would be no life on Earth and that if we destroy natural resources we will harm the world for future generations. The Eden Project is constantly developing; although it has already cost £86 million there will always been new aspects of nature to inform.
The Eden Project educates through art, workshops, events, and lectures. One of the best events is a jungle night where you can experience the sounds and sights of the rainforest as the sun sets. Combine this with a trip on the aerial zip wire for a sense of adventure.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1726 811911
The Eden project is four miles east of St. Austell and can be reached easily by car, bike or public transport. The attraction is open year round but it is best to avoid it on rainy days.
By Emma Jones