As one of Cornwall’s biggest premier attractions, the Eden Project not only houses the largest rainforest in captivity, grows some of the world’s most fascinating plants and features huge tropical biomes, it also empowers communities to work together towards a better future for all.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise. It creates spectacular gardens, exhibitions, art, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature towards a better future.
Back in 1995, Eden’s home was a working china clay pit coming to the end of its economic life. Just three years later, construction had begun to transform the site into somewhere that could show the connections between plants and people. It is now one of the biggest visitor attractions in the south-west and enjoys a worldwide reputation.
Today, it welcomes around a million visitors a year from across the world, including thousands of people from Cornwall and Devon, making the most of the popular locals’ pass. It has also become a popular stop on the tours of some of the world’s biggest music stars during the summer Eden Sessions.
The Eden team believe that people have the ability to change things for the better and through their journey, have learnt what ingenuity, resourcefulness, hope and determination can achieve. Aware of the challenges that the 21st century offers; food security, moving and rising populations, plant and animal extinctions, rising energy costs, economic uncertainties and an increased risk of climate change to name just a few, the team believe these issues will demand the best from everyone and require people’s creativity, ingenuity, science, enterprise and ability to work together.
The Eden Project is much more than just a visitor attraction. Through their Eden Project Communities programme the charity helps ordinary people do extraordinary things by building their skills and confidence to create positive change where they live.
A key part of the Eden Project Communities programme is the Big Lunch, a unique community initiative that connects people across the UK with their neighbours through the simple act of sitting down and eating together. Starting in 2009, millions of people across the country take to their streets, gardens and community spaces to join in and take the first steps towards make a difference to their neighbourhood.
As an educational charity, Eden offers all sorts of resources and courses to help people learn – from formal schools programmes, apprenticeships, degree courses to professional development opportunities. All delivered at its inspirational Cornwall base.