The Eden Project: An Extraordinary Conservatory30/03/2016
The Eden Project is a unique showcase for interesting and exotic plants near the town of St Austell in Cornwall. The grounds contain two enormous biomes, huge bubbles constructed from glass and steel. Within the biomes, temperature and humidity can be controlled to make the atmosphere suitable for non-native plants. The Eden Project is truly Britain’s most extraordinary conservatory.
The project is the brainchild of palindromic engineer Tim Smit who spent the latter half of the 1990s gathering funding and enthusiasm for his idea. He needed a large tract of land to build his dream on and settled on an ugly china clay pit as the ideal location. This was his chance to show that, although the land had been damaged by humans, we could turn it around and create something amazing and sustainable.
The construction of the biomes used over 230 miles of scaffolding, earning the project a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. The Tropical Biome houses plants normally only found in the world’s rainforests. One of the biggest conservatories in the world, it is twice as high as the Tower of London and home to over 1000 species of tropical plant.
The Eden Project is an educational charity and the money raised from its million-plus annual visitors is used to support environmental projects that catalyse change.
Are you inspired to make your own mini Eden Project? By adding a conservatory to your home, you can create a microclimate that will enable you to grow plants that would not normally survive the English weather. Conservatories Etc can install a conservatory or orangery that will allow you to flex your green fingers and add value to your home. Give us a call on 01953 600505 or drop by one of our showrooms in Wymondham and Diss.