Posted by: Admin | September 11, 2010


Biospheres at the Eden Project

Deep in the Cornish countryside there is an experiment in sustainability and collaboration that stands as a beacon of hope in the fight to preserve our natural world. Built on the site of an old clay pit, the Eden Project is proof that degraded environments can be brought back to life.

83,000 tonnes of soil, made from recycled waste, was used to create an enormous garden consisting of plants and trees found all over the world. The more exotic of these are housed in a complex of futuristic-looking domes that rise up, like huge golf balls from the surrounding earth.

Divided into three areas, the Mediterranean Biome, the Rainforest Biome and the Outdoor Biome, the Project manages to educate without preaching. It seeks to introduce children to conservation via outdoor activities that reconnect them to their natural environment and to nudge their parents back to basics by showing how food can be grown and served, deliciously and in season, in the restaurants.

Interestingly, the Eden Project has been set up as a Social Enterprise where public and private sectors are able to work together and the public can play a palpable role, whether by paying to visit and spending whilst there, or giving at least six hours a week as part of the volunteer army that keeps the place going.

Here’s the link to the Eden Project website if you’d like to find out more about what they are doing, and how we can help to preserve the natural world for our grandchildren.



  1. The Lost Gardens of Helligan are even better near Mevagissy!

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