We first went to The Eden Project when it was still being built. We were taken down to the unfinished biomes on a tractor where we could see the specialist workers fixing the hexagons into place. Even then it was really exciting to see these 'space like' creations growing out of the bottom of a muddy pit. Over the years it has grown into a very special place, it is an educational charity whose purpose is to 'explore how people can work together, and with nature to change things for the better'.
My last post focused on the outside, there is still lots to explore outside, over the year I hope to get around the whole site to see everything and share it with you. Though I will be drawing the line at the The Sky Wire. If you want to see the site as you wizz over it on a wire, you are going to have to do that yourselves!
On this visit we explored the Rainforest Biome, it has certainly grown since the last time I walked through. It really is an amazing experience, walking through the various zones that represent the rainforests across the world. They include the Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America.
There is a Rainforest Canopy Walkway that takes you high above the forest. It gives you a wonderful view across the trees. It is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs, but if you don't like heights, like my friend, don't peer over the sides!
The Biodiversity Chandelier explores natures designs. Throughout the site there is wonderful artwork.
As we walked through, the rain outside was beating down on the biome making it feel even more like a rainforest. Inside we were walking around in the lovely warmth minus the coats and jumpers needed outside. The temperature averages 25 C which makes it ideal to visit in the winter when it is horrible outside.
A waterfall runs down through the biome adding to the wonderful sights and sounds.
The next project they are fundraising for is to explore the climate and 'make weather'. It will involve making clouds.
It was a wet Friday in February for our visit so we were lucky enough to have the place practically to ourselves. Well that was until a school trip turned up with children rushing around with their clipboards.
I hope you enjoyed our little tour. On the next post I will show you the house, fruit and birds within the biome. After that we will be returning to normal :)
I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day, yes it is commercial but it is nice to have an excuse to get all lovey dovey. I had chocolates and roses accompanied by 'our song' played on his iPad, very romantic. I made him some heart shaped chocolate buns. Unfortunately he has come down with a cold again so spent the day in bed watching the rugby and football........not so romantic.