During a summer camping trip to Porthcothan with a group of friends (which turned out to be a rather wet and windy experience) we discovered the tranquil delights of the Eden Project. It is hard to get to downhearted when you are surrounded by the wonderful scenery Cornwall’s coastline has to offer and as a result of collapsed tents and fleeing friends, we decided not to let the weather defeat us and searched for a stop-off on our route home to Poole, Dorset.
Situated 40 minutes South East of Porthcothan, we knew it wouldn’t take long to get there. Growing up in the nearby county of Devon, the Eden Project was pretty renowned and having not been there since we were both children, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see how things have developed since our first visits.
The Eden Project is an educational charity that aims to connect us with each other and the living world around us; it explores and informs on how we can work towards a better future. The site itself is based in Cornwall, nestled in a giant crater. The main structure consists of two gigantic biomes which house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants and exhibitions. It offers stunning contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year round family events.
We believe it is well worth a visit – it will not only encourage you to get outside and sort out your garden, but it has a strong focus on renewable energy and eco-friendly initiatives that should enthuse you. When walking around the two giant biomes, it is easy to forget that you are in the south of England; the site transports you to an array of locations around the world. In our opinion. the tropical rainforest was outstanding.
With more than 850,000 visitors each year and around 2 million plants to look after, the team has a vital job of monitoring how much water the site uses. The charity is very conscious about this issue and reduces it’s water usage in a variety of ways, these range from taps that turn themselves off through to the use of harvested rain water and ground water to irrigate their plants. About two thirds of their water needs are provided from water they collect on site.
Their water system is not the only green initiative they have implemented; the Eden Project are currently raising money to build a geothermal power plant on site which will create renewable energy for them and the surrounding community.
The Eden project offers stunning scenery which encourages learning about the natural world and how to live more sustainably within it. The team have put tremendous thought into how they deliver this message and have developed many interactive and visual models, sculpture’s, pictures and activities to make it a fun and educational day out.
From the moment you arrive on site, you can tell that the environment is at the heart of everything that the Eden Project achieves; from electric car charging points throughout the car park to the rain harvesting biomes themselves. Whether you are interested in plants, eco-friendly initiatives or just a family day out the Eden Project is a great experience and we guarantee that you will come away feeling inspired and educated on how we can live in harmony with the environment and not against it. It is great to see that a project like this has now been voted the ‘Best UK Leisure Attraction’ in the British Travel Awards for an unprecedented fifth year in succession. You have our vote!
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