The Eden Project – so much more than a garden
With its iconic, giant, bubble-like biomes, Eden is so much more than a visitor attraction. Granted, it offers a truly memorable day out whatever the season but delve a little deeper and you’ll begin to appreciate the wider social and environmental projects that it spearheads.
Better known for creating stunning gardens and laying on music events with world class artists, it’s easy to forget that the Eden Project is a charity and behind the scenes the Eden team are busy working in so many different areas.
Places and Regeneration
They work on worldwide projects that bring about environmental, social and economic regeneration. One example is their support to the Thai forest restoration project that gets villagers restoring and caring for their tropical forests – preserving species and reducing landslides.
Climate, Environment & Sustainability
Managing Eden in the greenest possible way and offering support programmes to help businesses with environmental issues. Eden hosts a series of climate-related arts events and they also collaborate on charitable projects worldwide that transform environments, places and livelihoods.
Plants and Gardens
The exhibits at Eden are designed to educate: to show that plants give us food, fuel, medicines and materials, that plants are part of a wider eco-system that provides our water and air and that the natural world can be beautiful and inspiring.
Music and Art
Eden uses music and art to excite and inspire people about the world around them. Year-round there’s a rich programme of events that engages people in environmental issues.
The famed Eden Sessions 2013 line-up included Eddie Izzard, Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, The XX, Sigur Ros and more. Headline acts rub shoulders with local talent at Eden’s huge outdoor stage.
People and Learning
Eden succeeds in inspiring people to go on a journey of discovery about the kind of society we want to live in. It is the perfect backdrop for learning about the natural world. As a charity they work with the homeless, disengaged and excluded groups in society. They help to create memorable experiences for young people through educational trips and great days out.
So next time you plan a visit to Eden spare a thought to the team behind the scenes and their tireless work. Most important of all, enjoy the venue and get ready to be inspired.