Eden Project

Halton Castle

Location: Bodelva, St. Austell  Map

Tel. 01726 811911

Open: Apr- Oct: 10am- 6pm daily

Nov- Mar: 10am- 4:30pm daily

Closed: 24, 25 Dec



Description of Eden Project

Eden Project is a collection of artificial biomes situated 5 km (3 mi) from St Austell in Cornwall County in United Kingdom. It took two and a half years to constructed this impressive structures and populate them with various plants gathered from around the World. It was opened on March 17, 2001. The complex is composed of three distinct biomes. The first is the Outdoor Biome that is not covered and represents temperate region of native English plants. Covered biomes include the Tropical Biome that covers an area of 3.9 acres (1.54 hectares) with a highest dome reaching 135 metres (443 feet) and the Mediterranean Biome with an area of 1.6 acres (0.654 hectares) and a highest dome reaching 135 metres (443 feet). At night they are illumined in different colours.


The five geodesic structure domes harbor an exceptional set of plant species organized along a landscaped course. The project, funded by a non-profit foundation, emphasizes the conservation of resources and the contribution of plant diversity to human life. The educational contribution of the project allowed the foundation to obtain the GiftAid label that allows the organization to recover the taxes of the British State. These taxes represent around 30% of the amount of subsidies. All the technologies related to the cultivation of the plants that are carried out and developed in the Eden Project are done in collaboration with different research centers.  


The designers of the Eden Project refute the qualification of theme park. The park was initially created to demonstrate the ability to use nature to regenerate a site damaged by human activity. The park however includes all the ingredients of a theme park: Signposted transit area, amusement hall, exhibition building, screening rooms, recently built in 2006, the "Core" implies a wooden armature of spiked foils inspired by the method of plant growth, as can be seen on the outside of a pineapple where the woody leaves overlap, and the inevitable shop that closes the visit at the obligatory step.

In spite of the evident pedagogical quality of the plantations and exhibitions, the aspect of sustainable development is little appreciated in the exploitation of the park. Apart from the preparation of fertilizer and the recovery of runoff water, little emphasis is placed on eco-energy management. These absences raise a doubt about the validity of the environmental approach on which the project was based.


Halton Castle

Halton Castle