Favorite thing: The ancient town of St Austell dates back to 1189 when it served as a centre for the agricultural community. During the reign of King Henry VIII Saint Austell was described as being a “poore toun with nothing notable but the paroch chirch.” However, following the success of tin-mining at nearby Polgooth in the 19th century St. Austell with its blowing-houses (smelting-houses), had become an important place and for a short while between 1833 and 1838 it operated as a coinage town confirming that the tin had been properly assayed and ensuring that the duty chargeable by the Duchy of Cornwall was paid.
I forget exactly, but I do know that a high percentage of the World's population depend on rice as their staple diet. Here you can see rice being grown in its 'natural' environment.
All the plants, trees and crops are fully described, with their history and relationship to man detailed on adjacent plaques or boards. Any Tropical pests are also naturally controlled, by the use of various 'natural' preditors, such as birds, tree frogs, bullfrogs, geckos and insects including ants!
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.
Favorite thing: Wonderful thing, nature! Here we see VT member Julian (pufuletz ) from Romania, trying to chat to a horse, constructed from nothing more than pieces of appropiately-shaped waste wood. It must have taken the sculptor many hours and days to find the right pieces, especially for the head and legs.
youd get an almighty sting from this bee if it was real and not a huge sculpture.......and can you imagine the size of the honeycomb ?
Eden has some great sculptures, look out for the figure of a woman near the Land Train pick up point, its made of earth and grass and is lovely, she did need a `haircut` when we saw her so l didnt take a picture, hopefully in September when we return she`ll have had a trim
The first thing you notice when you enter the Warm Temperate Biome is the smell, thyme, rosemary, lemon, lavender and more mingling to the most delicious scent, then if it is not too busy you will hear the robins singing, they are welcome here as a natural pest control
wander along the paths through plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and California and admire the stunning sculptures, learn about the many properties of olive oil, and sniff the display on perfume making
the air is dry in here, and the landscaping gives an accurate example of the featured regions
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
The Eden Project is a place you can return to time and time again, even in January its 30 acre outside spaces called the `Roofless Biome` were far from barren, innovative planting means there is plenty of colour and the striking sculptures were highly visable, you leave with the desire to return when the Spring bulbs are in full flower, when the Summer blooms are showing and the scent of the lavender is filling the air, and when the Autumn colours are flaming
Big Build 2 is in progress........who would think that watching a building site could be so interesting ? but how wonderful to watch this amazing structure take shape, tempting you to return soon
Fondest memory: We visited Eden when it was mid way through construction. I was fascinated to see the men (& women maybe) working on the top of the huge Biomes. The reansition between Eden then to what it is now is incedible.
here's a board that tells you how Eden was developed, from a disused China Clay pit, into one of Britain's top tourist attractions. Just read the board before you walk around and try to imagine what was under your feet only 3 or 4 years ago!
Sorry that you can't read the recepie from this picture, but you get the idea, I'm sure!
Favorite thing: On your arrival at Eden, you will be provided with a little brochure, explaining what Eden is about. The brochure has a map in it, but you will also find these handy boards scattered outside, which should provide you with most of the information you need. There are obviously many staff here, very willing to help explain things, as well as guides.
You could spend a whole day here exploring Eden, but on average, visitors spend about 4 hours here. We spent about 3 hours in Eden, but that was due to other time restraints. Once you are admitted to the site, you are free to wander everywhere, and there is no restriction to the number of visits to the Biomes, etc.
There are busy times, and at peak holiday times you should either plan to arrive early, before 10 am, or later in the afternoon. There are sometimes very lengthy delays die to traffic jams, as the access roads to the site are really nothing more than country lanes, once you leave the major highways.
Fondest memory: Opening Times
You should click on the link provided for an up to date overview of Eden, including opening times and entrance fees.
Summer: End of March - beginning of November: 9 am to 6 pm. (Last entry is at 5 pm) Biomes open at 10 am.
Winter: Beginning of November -end of March: 10am to 4.30 pm (last entry is at 3 pm). Biomes open at 10 am.
Christmas Eve and Christmas day: Closed.
This year (2004) the adult entrance fee was £12. If you are a Student, you can get a 50% reduction, as Julian did, even though he wasn't British! Check out the prices before you go, by clicking on the link.
We thought that the entrance fee was rather steep, but there are deals for families, Senior Citizens and so on.
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The Eden Project
Here's Mary, with these very tall bamboo canes behind. There are several different themes within the Biome, African, Asian, South American and so on.
Since opening on March 17th, 2001, the Eden Project has welcomed over 5 million visitors, vastly exceeding initial expectations. Numbers may well be tailing off, but the interest to be generated by the opening of the 4th Biome, in 2005, should hopefully help to keep Eden as the 'Eighth Wonder of The World'.
It is believed that in the first two years since the opening date, Eden has added an additional £300 million to the Cornish economy.
And due to its unprecedented popularity, the Project employs several hundred full and part time staff, in an area where unemployment is above the National average.
Favorite thing: In this shot you can see the very top of the water supply system. it's all very well done, and the water gushes out from the cliff face, and thunders down this gulley, before heading off in various more controlled streams.