The Eden Project experience !!!!! and Zipwire OMG !.
We went to the Eden Project in Cornwall Devon in the summertime and luckily on the day we went the weather was really nice. We had gained a fairly good insight into the project because prior to going we read the book. The book was especially entertaining and set us in the mind of wonder. The book explains and talks about the people involved in the project. Primarily it talks about how they were similarly like-minded and brought together for a common goal. It describes the quirky characters and the vast array of individuals that seemed to fit this crazy idea to take it from conception to completion.
The Site !!
Tim Smit the co-founder of the Eden Project researched different areas and ultimately chose this site; it was originally an expansive disused China clay pit . He immediately realized that this would be the best place to showcase the world’s most important plants. Although having a blank canvas must have been very challenging but also very artistically rewarding.
Eden Project biomes
We were not disappointed by the Eden project and we were glad we took the time to visit. We did however, feel that there was an overload of information. This became apparent right from the start, even before approaching the ticket counter. We guessed that this was probably not in-keeping with the original founders ideas. It felt a little bit like someone was out of control with the information boards. In saying that though the experience was well worth the visit.
The Eden project was first developed with the idea of housing many kinds of flora and fauna from all over the world in one area. Thus giving the UK residents and visitors a unique experience of the world’s botanic treasures without having to go abroad. It’s also fantastic for the botanists and for educating children. Since being built it is now deemed to house the largest selection of conservatories in the world.
The Biomes !!
The domes are a truly fantastic display of controlled atmospherical environments called conservatoires of which there are 2 main ones. One is the Rain forest biome which is a jungle style environment with a canopy walk. This houses plants from West Africa, Southeast Asia and tropical south America. The other biome is the Mediterranean one, which houses plants from the Med, South Africa and California.
It was very busy, being the middle of the summer and school holidays; so if you are looking for a quiet time I would suggest anytime out of school holidays.
If you would like to see a video of the Eden project please click here.
We stayed very close to the Eden project in Penhale caravan and campsite in Fowey. It was an easy 20 minute walk to the historic town of Fowey. The town was very picturesque set on mouth of the river Fowey in south Cornwall and has a lovely Parish church. The campsite was rustic but with superb countryside views.
Fowey Parish church
PENHALE CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1JU. Tel: 01726833425.
The Eden project is well worth a visit and for the brave there is the leap of faith and the skywire.