The Eden Project - A Living Theatre of Plants and People
Images showing the construction can be seen here.
Without plants there would be no life on earth. By the end of each day you will probably have used plants from every continent. The Eden Project will tell the amazing story of man's relationship with and dependence on plants.
Eden is a charitable scientific organisation for the 21st Century, with a commitment to communicate, educate, entertain and involve the public in the pursuit of its mission, both at Eden the destination and with partners outside.
The issue: -
There is a world-wide, vital need to improve people's sustainable use of resources while at the same time developing our understanding of and responsibility for the stewardship of nature.
The Eden Project Mission:
To promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources, leading towards a sustainable future for all.
In 1995, the Eden Project brought together a world class team charged with matching spectacular architecture and design to Eden's horticultural ambitions to create an international showcase for the study of human dependence on plants.
On 23rd May 1997, the £74.3 m Eden Project was awarded a Millennium Commission grant of £37.15m. The Eden Project, one of the UK's top Landmark Millennium Projects, is now transforming a vast china clay pit, overlooking St. Austell Bay in Cornwall, the far south west peninsular of Britain, into a dramatic global garden - A Living Theatre of Plants and People. The Eden Project is being designed by leading architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners.
The 50 metre deep, 15 hectare crater is being landscaped to contain thousands of important and beautiful plants from three climatic zones in the world; our own temperate climate and, housed in two giant conservatories, the humid tropics and warm temperate regions.
Interpretation, using creative art, sculpture and multi media within the landscape will bring the plant stories to life. In addition the grounds will contain the Visitor Centre, classrooms, an exhibition gallery, conferencing facilities, an amphitheatre and lake, and assorted catering and retail facilities containing plant products from all round the world.
The informative displays will bring you:
- A fantastic range of plants from around the world
- Marvellous stories demonstrating the many ways in which man uses plants for; food, medicine, construction, entertainment, the air we breathe and a whole lot more.
- Information on the relationship between plants and the development of our global cultures
- A glimpse into the future, following the use of plants in new designs and technologies.
- A chance to get involved. Feeling, tasting, seeing, and using plants on themed tours and in a wide range of workshops.
- Demonstrations of resource use, and the showcasing of local and global projects and initiatives working towards securing a sustainable future.
- Information and simple practical ideas on how to care for the plants, and their habitats, that provide for us. Working towards a sustainable future.