Escorted Rail Tours of The Eden Project
The largest greenhouses in the world
Cornwall's famous Eden Project first opened fully to the public
in March 2001. It was created in the site of an exhausted china
clay pit, which had been neglected since it was last mined - and
stood as a glaring reminder of Cornwall's defunct industrial past.
In the late 1990s leading environmentalist Tim Smit had the vision
to make the quarry pit a place for nature to reclaim, with his
ultimate aim being that the site would inform and educate people
about wildlife and our fragile ecosystem.
After a few years of planning, the huge artificial biomes - made
from specially designed thermoplastic - went into construction. In
2000, the visitor centre was the first part to open and was very
well received. The following year saw the completion of the whole
complex, including the two huge biomes that are recognised
officially as the largest greenhouses in the world. Sections of
these biomes each simulate a different climate; for example there
are Tropical and Mediterranean sections.
Thousands of plant species are grown and cultivated at the Eden
Project. There is also a centre dedicated to environmental
education, which highlights the interdependence of people and
plants, and certain plants' medicinal uses. The Eden Project has
been widely recognised, not only as a great tourist attraction but
also as an important conservationist project, and has won a number
of awards in celebration of this.