ENGLAND: Cornwall – Eden Project

Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG

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Eden Project
Photographs courtesy of The Eden Project

The Collection

Opened fully in 2001, the Eden Project is a major tourist attraction in the West Country. The primary focus is on the environment and the interdependence of plants and people, and it is world famous for its diverse collection of plants set within two large biomes reflecting rainforest and Mediterranean environments.

The Mediterranean Biome covers 0.654 hectares (1.6 acres) and measures 35m (115ft) high, 65m (213ft) wide, and 135m (443ft) long. It houses familiar warm temperate and arid plants, such as olives and grape vines, and various sculptures. There is also a modest collection of cacti and succulents, mostly species familiar to BCSS members.

Cacti include Carnegiea gigantea, several ferocacti and a couple of Pachycereus species. Succulents are mostly the larger rosette shrub types such as agaves, yuccas and aloes, along with members of the Crassulaceae, including aeoniums, echeverias and kalanchoes.

Nearest BCSS Branch

Cornwall: www.cornwall.bcss.org.uk

Meetings are held in Redruth. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme

A Member’s View

The Eden Project is not a botanical garden in the usual sense and while is does not hold an important collection of cacti and succulents it is worthy of a visit in its own right. There is plenty to see and do, particularly if you have children in tow because the focus is very much on education.

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