Eden Project : Michelin's recommendations
An abandoned china-clay pit (197ft/60m deep; 34 acres/15ha) has been converted into a gigantic botanical project, where the plant world, the conservation of natural habitats and indigenous species and man's dependence on plants for food and medicine can be studied in the context of global bio-diversity. These themes are presented in the Visitor Centre, illustrated by works of art and echoed in the restaurants, where food plants from all over the world are used. Set against the face of the quarry, are two vast geodesic domes, called biomes, constructed of galvanised steel tubular frames covered with giant hexagons and pentagons made of triple glazed foil which is strong, lightweight and recyclable; it is also highly transparent to UV light, better than glass for insulation and is not degraded by sunlight. The larger biome (200ft/60m in height; 329ft/100m in span; 17 940sq yd/15 000m2) recreates the climate of the humid tropics (tropical rain forest) and contains plants such as teak, mahogany and chocolate trees. The smaller biome (98ft/30m in height; 200ft/60m in span; 8 372sq yd/7 000m2) recreates the warm temperate climate of the Mediterranean basin, Southern Africa and South Western USA and contains plants such as olives, grape vines and orange trees as well as brilliant flowers. The plants growing in the external grounds (12 acres/5ha) are those which thrive in a temperate climate, such as northern Europe or Chile.
- Address : Bodelva GB - Saint Austell PL24 2SGPL24 2SGSaint Austell
- Phone : 01726811911
- Website : http://www.edenproject.com
- Prices : free of charge