Little Grey Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Trethurgy, St Austell, PL26 8YD, United Kingdom
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INTO THE RAINFOREST
The Humid Tropics Biome is the worlds largest conservatory, here you can stroll through the rainforests of Asia, Africa and South America
all the planting here is tropical, and there are interesting displays giving you great information about the properties and uses of the plants, and running through the biome are waterfalls and streams
its hot and humid in here, if you visit in Winter leave your coat in the cloakroom nearby, you wont need it........if it is too hot for you there is a cool room to rest in inside
Everyone is Welcome
As I stated previously, the Biomes are very user-friendly, and accessible to anyone with a disability. There are up to 40 wheelchairs available for disabled visitors, free of charge, but on a first come, first served basis.
Here is Mary standing by an old rubber tyre. However, this is the Rubber Plantation, and there's plenty of information here to tell you about latex and rubber production.
A little word of warning, or advice here before we proceed. When you walk from the Temperate Biome, through the short passageway, to the Tropical Biome, take your outdoor coats and jumpers off! As soon as you enter the Tropical Biome, the heat and humidity will hit you like thye proverbial 'Express Train'!! It takes a few minutes to acclimatise to the change in your environment, but it is rather unexpected, especially as you are in England!!!!, and comes as a bit of a shock.
Until 1999 the original site had vbeen a disused China Clay quarry, or 'pit'. The Saint Austell area of Cornwall is crammed full of these tips and pits, many of which are still in use. Because this was nothing more than a worked-out quarry, there was no soil as such, and a team of scientists from the Eden Project and Reading University worked together to produce a special 'recepie' for the manufacture of 85,000 tonnes of a suitable soil.
The picture could have been taken in any of thousands of tropical forests, but it is in Eden!
Sandy in the Garden of Eden!
I'm not a big gardening fan - so I wasn't quite sure of my expectations of the
Eden Project and if I would enjoy it.
Well I did! It not just a case of displaying plants from all around the worls but the interaction of how they are used in everyday life in the world intermingled with art sculptures and displays of our human dependance upon their every day use was a fascinating mix.
I can fully recommend it - no wonder its a top attraction in Cornwall.
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