Expanding our understanding of plants and where our food comes from – from clay pit to Eden today

Bodelva Pit before constructionEdenBiomes

I was in Cornwall a few weeks ago and took the chance to visit the Eden Project. I had last been there nearly 15 years ago, shortly after it opened. Quite a transformation – but that is as nothing compared to what it started out as – an old clay pit (see photos above).

As it happened, we had gone to visit the Eden Project after visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This is where the project’s co-founder, Tim Smit got a taste for transforming landscapes, as Tony Kendle, another early developer of the project and now creative director, told me.

After talking with Tony about how it began and what it is aiming to achieve today, in particular around helping people understand more about the food they eat, Ben Foster, who’s been at Eden since 2002, and I went down into the biomes. He explained a bit more about the great domes which house the plants and what it’s like inside.

Eden-TropicalBiome1Eden-MeditBiomeEden-WEEEman

[Photos-left to right: Inside the tropical and Mediterranean Biomes, the WEEEman – a sculpture made from the waste electrical and electronic equipment one (UK) person throws away in a lifetime, about 3.3t]

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About geofftansey

I curate the Food Systems Academy, a free, on-line, open education resource to transform our food systems. I am also a member of the Food Ethics Council and chaired the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, which reported in 2015.
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