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The Eden Project, Cornwall

Posted by Luci Ackers on 27 August 2015
Related property: Duloe Manor
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A visit to Cornwall is surely not complete until it is paired with a day spent at the magnificent Eden Project. The first designs of the Project Biomes were discussed right back in 1996 thanks to Tim Smit, the brains behind the idea, who had previously been a part of the team working to restore the Lost Gardens of Heligan (also in Cornwall). The architects settled on giant bubbles as the ideal shape for the project. This was to accommodate the lay of the land; bubbles are able to settle on any shaped surface – even irregular clay pits, which is what the project was due to be constructed on.

The aim was to create a space that housed plants from all over the world. There is a Rainforest Biome and a Mediterranean Biome, each enclosure emulating the individual ecoclimates necessary to support the various species. There is a Canopy Walkway to get a better look at the plants, a section dedicated to South Africa's unique Fynbos habitat and a waterfall crashing through the South American rainforest. The gardens outside encourage a 'grow your own' approach in the allotment section, there is a 'plants for fuel' area, a sculpture created entirely from recycled products, a 'Wild Cornwall' habitat, kids area and a sense-garden, as well as much much more!

One of the project's key incentives was to focus on the relationship between plants and people. They are an educational charity and wanted to encourage an interest in the social and environmental projects accessible to everyone, creating an unforgettable learning experience for students. In fact, a more recent addition to the site is the large education centre called The Core which has all sorts of interactive displays for visitors to get hands-on.


Being green is a large aspect of the project and much of the focus goes on the importance of recycling and making use of what the land can offer us. The project conducts valuable research into plants and conservation for this reason and hopes that its work demonstrates how plants give us food, fuel, medicine and materials as well as being part of a wider ecosystem that provides us with water and air. The Eden Project strives to prove to visitors that the natural world is essential to us as well as being beautiful, relaxing and inspiring. It makes for an incredible day out.

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Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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