I find it almost impossible to believe that such a wildly successful project has now been with us for 11 years, and is still blossoming. The idea for the Eden Project phenomenon was first conceived by Tim Smit. The Eden project itself then opened on 17th March 2001.
The Eden project, located in a reclaimed Kaolimite pit 1.25 miles from the town of St. Blazey and 3 miles from the larger town of St. Austell in the beautiful Cornish countryside, is home to the worlds largest greenhouse. Not only does the project do valuable research into plants and conservation, it also runs transformational social and environmental projects in Britain and around the world, and provides sensational learning experiences for students.
The Eden project is made up of Biomes, which recreate rainforest and Mediterranean climates. What a wonderful way to teach our children and indeed ourselves about where all these wonderful fruits and vegetables on our plates come from, and where the pretty flowers and plants on our notebooks originate.
The Eden project is a wonderful, interactive family attraction, especially for half terms and holidays. Between Saturday 11th Feb – Sunday 19th of Feb, The Eden project is hosting the ‘Chocolate Jungle’ chocolate festival for all. Families will be able to enjoy the Rainforest chocolate quest (activity trail); there will be chocolate tasting, chocolate making workshops, even a delicious chocolate menu will be available at the cafe. You can also experience how chocolate is made at the ‘Bean to Bar’ demonstrations. This delicious attraction for all ages, combines fun and learning, with a large sprinkle of discovery. All of the details and information for ‘Chocolate Jungle’ can be found on the Eden Project website (www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/kids-and-families/chocolate-festival).
The Eden project now also has the ‘Support our Rainforest’ education programme. You are able to buy beautifully crafted, bronze cast chocolate leaves, to support the rainforest education programme. The leaf is engraved with your chosen name and mounted on the new canopy walkway – an aerial classroom stretching through the treetops of the rainforest Biome. So far, The Eden project has raised £3 million and the total is still rising. They are now half way to target.
The project is designed to help create memorable experiences for young people, through great days out and educational trips. They also work with the homeless, disengaged and excluded groups in society, and create community and charity projects that bring people together. Eden is a great believer that people can be inspired through music and art, and so it is also host to art exhibitions and installations, stand up comedy events and also music concerts/festivals. In fact, Blink 182 and Plan B are due to play at Eden in July this year. How awesome is that?!
Yet more exciting news. . .
Since The Eden Project brought the annual Big Lunch initiative into bloom in 2009, millions of people have held events, ranging from street parties community fetes and picnics with neighbours. So for 2012, people in all 54 Commonwealth countries are being encouraged to hold their own Big Jubilee Lunch events as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 3rd June 2012. The Queen has sent a personal message of support for organisers of Big Lunch street parties and neighbourhood get-togethers taking place.
To give one last pause for thought. . .
“Rainforest is the glue that holds the climate of our planet together. Lose the forest and it will have devastating consequences for all life on earth”.
– Professor Sir Ghillean Prance
(director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1988–1999)