Who we are
The Eden Project is much more than a visitor attraction; as a charity we provide unforgettable learning experiences to inspire future generations. Our community work ranges from a weekly lunch club tackling isolation amongst the elderly to The Big Lunch, connecting millions across the Commonwealth. And we’re involved in multiple conservation projects.
Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.
Top 10 things to see at Eden Project
- The Canopy Walkway, where you can take a stunning walk among the treetops along our Rope Bridge and through the swirling vapours of our Cloud Bridge.
- The beautiful and unique architecture of the Biome.
- Our Malaysian House, complete with vegetable plot and paddy field.
- The Waterfall, crashing through our South American rainforest.
- The African totem sculpture made from timbers recycled from Falmouth Docks.
- Bananas – spot bunches of them high up in the trees.
- Cacao trees growing everyone’s favourite beans that are used to make chocolate!
- The Orchid Pergola, housing over 500 specimens of familiar varieties plus some you may never have seen before.
- Our Oil Palm exhibit, which explores how the most widely consumed oil in the world can be produced more sustainably.
- The lovely roul-roul partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds.
What we do
Inspiring rainforest conservation
Our Rainforest Canopy Walkway brings to life the importance of rainforests in influencing the world’s climate. Adults and children alike have been thrilled to lose themselves in the mists of the Cloud Bridge and, at the same time, take home the message of why we need to preserve rainforests worldwide.
Bringing communities together
Every year we help millions of people feel the magic of connection and community by getting together for a neighbourhood Big Lunch. 4.5 million new friendships were made in 2018 – and this summer we want to take this further through our Community Walk which will shine a light on community spirit around the UK.
Educating future generations
We’ve welcomed over 50,000 school children through our doors to enjoy learning experiences by taking part in workshops and play sessions in our ‘living classroom’. Our skilled team is helping teachers deliver the national curriculum in an inventive way in one of the most educationally rich venues around.
Conserving Britain’s wildlife
We’ve helped Natural England conserve some of Cornwall’s precious wildlife by propagating rare plants, such as junipers to re-establish on the Lizard, and 10,000 Devil’s-bit scabious to connect habitats for the endangered marsh fritillary butterfly. Our horticultural skills and facilities have been essential for these projects.
Creating autism-friendly programmes
We’ve enabled over 1,000 children with autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication needs or learning disabilities to access our family programmes, by creating additional special relaxed sessions just for them and their carers. It means our seasonal events are now fully accessible.
Tackling isolation amongst the elderly
We’ve brought together 20 otherwise housebound senior citizens at our very popular (and oversubscribed) weekly lunch club, giving them a chance to make new friends and socialise, and enjoy a hearty meal together. It’s part of our ‘social prescribing’ programme, designed to give new life opportunities to people with a range of conditions.
Location: Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, UK.