My friend Nigel asked me if there was anything special I wanted to do in Cornwall. Mostly I was happy to visit his favourite haunts, but The Eden Project was definately on my short list of must dos.
The Eden Project certainly did not disappoint – what a stunning idea, and even more stunning implementation. What imagination, what courage, above all what fun.
You could spend days here, but we happily spent four hours – wandering the outside gardens, sweating our way through the tropical dome, and then through the milder, but still very warm mediterranean dome, and then to the amazing educational centre.
This is a total package – you can eat and drink local products in a variety of cafes and market stalls, you can do your Christmas shopping in the amazing shop on your way out.
We topped it off with a session on the ice skating rink – something I have not done for 20 years – I managed 10 circuits, and by the end had almost managed to go around without holding on to the hand rail! By the time we left it was dark and the imaginative lighting around the site was in its full glory – they have regular lantern processions at this time of year.
All with a focus on sustainability, education, local produce and fun – this is definately a must see in Cornwall, and worth the trip down just to see it. While the government hedges its bets on global warming, and the need to focus on sustainability – here is a group getting on and doing it. It is inspirational.