The Eden Project
An educational charity and social enterprise, the Eden Project's valuable research into plants and conservation has been taking place at the biomes at St.Austell, Cornwall, since 1999. What was once a disused kaolinite quarry is now a popular destination for families, schools and anyone interested in conservation.
The most well know images of the Eden Project are the world’s largest greenhouses, or biomes, that house the Rainforest (humid) and Mediterranean (warm) flora and fauna. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames.
- An area the size of the Rainforest Biome is destroyed every 10 seconds!
- The Eden Project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001
- The 50-metre-tall Biome houses the world’s largest rainforest in captivity
- Eden’s Mediterranean Biome contains over 1,000 types of plant, and the temperature ranges from 9 degrees centigrade in winter to 25 degrees centigrade in summer
- The Mimosa Pudica folds up its leaves when touched! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zoFUnlEmiM
- The world’s largest flower, the Titan Arum, has just finished flowering at The Eden Project - this only happens once every seven years! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zoFUnlEmiM
- The Rainforest Biome, covers 1.56 hectares (3.9 acres)
- The Mediterranean Biome covers 0.654 hectares (1.6 acres)
- Cleaning of the biomes is performed by abseilers
- The site occupied by the Eden Project was used by the BBC as the planet surface of Magrathea in the 1981 TV series of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A fantastic experience that will motivate you to recycle your household waste, plant more bee friendly flowers and grow your own vegetables. If you haven’t been already - go! If you have - go again!