Eden Project

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The Eden Project Jul 22, 2011
Carved from an abandoned limestone quarry, the Eden Project consists of a group of massive biomes (simulated environment) located inside the world's largest greenhouse. The Project comprises four wings.

The Tropical biome emulates a rainforest, complete with waterfall. This biome is kept at a high level of humidity, with typical daytime temperatures exceeding 32(90) degrees year-round!

The Mediterranean biome emulates the climatological zone of the same name, including its South African and Californian derivations. It features cultivation histories of most of the world's staple crops including grains, nightshades and squashes.

The Outdoor Biome is not encapsulated by a greenhouse, instead featuring hearty flowers which can survive the admittedly mild Cornish winters. Expect to see abundant sunflowers, teas, hemp and numerous rare and interesting plants.

Finally, the Core features a hands-on learning center for children explaining the Earth's climatological zones.

All in all the Eden Project is an excellent day out for those visiting Cornwall or Exeter. One can easily spend a full morning into early afternoon here (about five hours) before having seen the entire thing. While I certainly wouldn't plan a trip around it, if you have the time it's worth the effort to get there.
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otherbez otherbez
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Eden project by day music by night Apr 18, 2011
The eden project in Cornwall is a great place to visit for a day out but for more of a bargain they have "the Eden sessions" which are gigs by world famous musicians. The tickets are quite cheap and you get to spend the day looking around the biomes and the night in one of the best gig venues I have ever been too.
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
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Eden Project Jul 05, 2006
The Eden Project is a fascinating site, about 3 miles outside the town of St. Austell in Cornwall. Run as a charitable trust, it was one of the UK's Millenium projects, and was created in a disused china clay quarry.

Plenty of car parking space, with shuttle bus service to the enterance, and good public transport links to the train station in St. Austell. Open from 10am - 6pm during the summer, but stays open until 8pm on Tue,Wed & Thu during school holidays.

Cost around £20 entry for adults, half of that for the kids, but you can chose to make a donation to the trust for the same amount, rather than purchase a day ticket, and receive a free annual pass.

Primarily set up as an educational facilty, it does also do some research work and collaborates with regeneration projects arounf the world.

The Eden Project is a 'Global Garden' with plants and trees from around the world. The main, and most easily identifiable features, are the two biomes ( large conservatories).

Great pieces of engenerring, made out of clear plastic hexagonal panels. One of the biomes is a tropical rainforest, which is hot and humid, and has a path and ramps that take you through it and up through the trees to the roof of the dome. Great collection of exotic trees and shrubs, and vivid smells from them.

The other biome has a dry mediterranian climate and seems a bit more spacious as the plants here tend to be stunted by the climate, as they are in nature.

We actually spent so much time in them, that we decided to come back for a second day, as we had hardly seen any of the outdoor exhibits. Still went back to the domes :D, but also visited The Core, an educational complex that gives you fact about the world's eco climate, and has a lot of interactive features that the kids enjoyed.

Has temporay exhibitions, to keep things fresh, and also stages concerts and other events thoughout the year. Decent cafe here as well, that places a lot of emphasis fair trade and local produce.

Great shop at the exit, where you can buy your own exotic plants to try out at home. All of these are either grown or produced at Eden, or othe botanical gardens, and none are taken from the wild. I bought myself a Chinese Banana plant and an Olive Tree, and for my father-in-law, who is a keen gardener we bought an Orchid Kit for him to grow.

Cornwall is a great area of the UK to visit, but the Eden Project could be a destination in itself as it is fairly unusual.
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