The Eden Project, Cornwall’s largest visit attraction, welcomed its first visitors since the floods of November 17th last week, signalling that the county is well and truly open for business as usual.
The St. Austell-based attraction was one of the worst hit businesses in the Mid Cornwall flooding but following round the clock recovery work has overcome the damage to reopen its doors to visitors.
Malcolm Bell, head of VisitCornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service for the county, was at the reopening to give his support “it is fantastic to see the Eden Project get back on its feet so quickly. Its reopening seven days after the flood sends a strong message that Cornwall is open for business as usual and welcoming visitors which is vital following the extensive media coverage that the floods has received. Whilst the impact was significant in parts of Mid Cornwall, the floods were very localised and thankfully the majority of Cornwall was left unscathed”
The ice rink and Link Building between the two Biomes suffered the most damage and as work continues on those areas, and to thank visitors for their support, all full priced tickets that were bought on the door of the Eden Project until November 30th were offered at half price.
Malcolm adds “since last week’s heavy rain the weather across the county has mainly been kind and autumnal sunshine is marking the start of an exciting festive events calendar for the county which kicked off with the Cotehele Christmas Food and Drink fair. Cornwall is undoubtedly open for business and the pre-Christmas celebrations make it a fantastic time to visit.”
Reference: Coach and Bus Week, 2010. Eden Project Reopens After flooding. Coach And Bus week, December 1, 2010. P. 24.