The Eden Project
The Eden Project, the brainchild of Tim Smit (also responsible for the restoration of The Lost Gardens of Heligan) and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and engineering firm Anthony Hunt and Associates. It was constructed on the site of a reclaimed Kaolinite pit, land is situated about 3 miles from the well-known town of St Austell, Cornwall, with the project taking 2½ years to construct it opened to the public on 17 March 2001.
Has a red poppy ever looked so perfect?
The Exotic Sulawesi White Eyes
I particularly like this decorative ironwork in the Mediterranean Biome
And the not so exotic but impishly fun Blackbirds
Here beneath the biomes the forest is also a riot of vibrant colour and sound. With waterfalls, ponds and exotic flower around each and every corner. The pictures in this post are a combination taken from both biomes. One of many waterfalls
Typical Rain-forest Foliage
A truly spectacular Pelargonium
The fading inflorenscence of Titan Arum
A kaleidoscope of exotic colour. The 2 biomes of the Eden project allow the impossible to be possible, by recreating a typical rainforest environment in one and a Mediterranean environment in the other in the UK. This is a great place for all who will never get to venture into the hot and sticky tropics, but equally worth a visit for those who will, or have, been fortunate enough to sweat it out in a real tropical forest. The difference between the real thing and the Eden project, here they provide cold rooms for those who are finding the humidity all too much, go in cool down come out and continue. If only I could have had access to one of these when trekking in the rainforests of Borneo, Malaysia and Thailand! There is also the Mediterranean biome which after the rainforest biome is positively cool by comparison. I would suggest visiting the rainforest first as you will then fully appreciate the relief of the cooler Mediterranean experience.
You can find all the information you need to plan a trip to The Eden Project on their website by clicking this link