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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Near St Austell in the county of Cornwall, located in South West England you will encounter what at first glance may look like giant beehives; the Eden Project.

A 160-year old, exhausted clay quarry literally lays at the foundation of the Eden Project which took almost six years between Tim Smit's idea and the opening of its doors on March 17th, 2001.

Constructed of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells which are supported by steel frames, these unique structures are now home to over one million plants which you can find in a Rainforest Biome and a Mediterranean Biome.

Visitors young and old can admire nature, jungles, waterfalls, architecture, take short gardening courses, participate in workshops, admire sculptures and other art, enjoy the many concerts, go ice-skating, attend a guided tour, and get engaged in many more seasonal events.

Taste some of the local food available in the restaurant and café and overlook the scenery from the "rainforest lookout" aerial tower that takes you high above the treetops. If you rather keep your feet on the ground then ride the free land train which is pulled by a tractor.

Besides being worthy of a visit and a day of entertainment, the Eden Project is also a charity and social enterprise which runs all kinds of social and environmental projects, researches plants and conservation, is green-oriented, and offers students, children, and parents, excellent learning experiences!

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