With its distinctive white domes, the Eden Project is
Cornwall's best-known tourist attraction. But it's much more than just a
big green theme park and visitors can expect to come away with a better
understanding of the environment and their interaction with it. As they
say at the Eden Project, 'we aim to reconnect people with
their environments locally and globally'.
Dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World', The Eden Project
is primarily the idea of Tim Smit, the man behind the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Eden was funded by a £55.3 million grant from the Millennium Commission
and is run by a charitable trust. It opened its doors on 17th March 2001,
since when it has had more than 8 million visitors.
The Eden Project is sited in a former china clay pit at Bodelva,
near St Austell, Cornwall. It consists of three biomes (a biome
is a large naturally occuring community of flora and fauna occupying a major
habitat), the Outdoor Biome, Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome. The
Eden Project's award-winning £15 million education Centre, The Core,
was opened by the Queen in June 2006.
If you're planning a visit to the Eden Project, allow around four hours to fully enjoy the site.
The Eden Project in numbers
The Eden Project has had more than 8 million visitors since
it opened in 2001
Eden's Rainforest Biome is 50 metres high, 110 metres wide
and 240 metres long
The Eden Project's Biomes contain more than a million plants
representing 5,000 species from around the World.
Around 250 schoolchildren visit the Eden Project every day.