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The Eden Project and back home to the Athenaeum Lodge Guest House

Work like you don't need money,

Love like you've never been hurt,

Dance like nobody's watching,

Sing like Nobody's listening,

Live like it's heaven on earth.

We live in times of great change and big concerns and most of us feel small in the face of what lie in store.
With passion and commitment thousands of small people built Eden as a symbol of hope in action.

Tim Smit was the genius and driving force behind the Eden Project. He moved to Cornwall in 1987 to get away from London and a profession, the music business which he was finding a stressful job. His intention was to build a recording studio in the farmhouse that he bought. However he was invited to explore an old estate by his builder friend, John Nelson. He jumped at the chance and on February 16th 1990 he was cutting his way into what was later to become the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Over the next 6 years John and Tim worked with a band of volunteers to restore the gardens to their original condition.

Eden Project

However in 1994 an idea was born  for Tim Smit, Peter Thoday and Phillip  McMillan. The Eden project. There were to be 4 or 5 giant poly-tunnels, linked together for a walkthrough experience. Four would focus on a particular climate region of the world and the 5th would contain a composite of the worlds domestic plants The regions would be rainforest, sub-tropical rainforest, Mediterranean and a combination of savannah and desert. This was the start of the Eden Project.

The project was to be contained in an old china clay pit and was to take on the form of two gigantic green houses aptly called biospheres surrounded by gardens. The long journey from a disused clay pit to what is now know as the Eden Project is one of the most successful projects in recent times. Against all odds we now have a wonderful and imaginative place to visit in the South West.

A dream became reality for Tim Smit with help from a multitude of people.  The Eden Project is not to be missed - A mixture of fine gardens, breathtaking design and engineering of the Domes, with a mix of tropical and warm temperate plants.

Over 100,000 plants representing 5,000 species from many of the climatic zones of the world. Many of these can grow in the mild conditions of Cornwall, others demand greenhouses and that is where Eden's two gigantic conservatories come in. The Humid Tropics Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - is home to the plants of the rainforest - bananas, rubber, cocoa, coffee, teak and mahogany. Whilst the Warm Temperate Biome is filled with the plants of the Mediterranean regions of the world - South Africa, California and the Med. itself. Outside sunflowers, hemp, wheat and a host of other plants from our own region grow.

The Eden Project is wholly owned by the Eden Trust, an educational charity (charity number 1093070).

The use of exhibits, events, workshops and educational programmes to remind people what nature gives to us and to help people to learn how to look after it in return.

All money raised goes to further the aims of the Trust.

The Eden project is not far from The Athenaeum Lodge Guest house, Plymouth, Devon, Uk. It is possible to get there by public transport and of course by car. The journey by car takes about 45 minutes. It's a great way of having a good day out. 

How to get there by bus or train

The award winning Eden Branchline bus service runs six or seven times a day from St Austell railway station connecting with most mainline trains. Through tickets are available from any rail staion in the UK and include admission to the Project. It's a good deal! For details phone National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or our great friends Truronian buses on 01872 273453. Details of other busesare available from Traveline on 0870 6082608 or www.

By Bike

Bikes are very welcome at Eden. On arrival make yourself known at the pre-paid desk where you can beat any queues and enjoy a reduction off the adult entry charge for pedalling to see us. Kids under 15 on bikes accompanied by an adult come free.


We don't encourage visitors to bring dogs other that guide dogs and they are not allowed on trhe main site. We have very limited shaded car parking in three of our four car parks and it is on a first come first served basis.

By Car

The Poject is well signposted from the A30, A390 and A391

General Enquiries: 01726 811911
Box Office: 01726 811972
Group Bookings: 01726 811903
School Bookings: 01726 811 913
The Eden Project, Boldeva, St Austell, Cornwall. PL24 2SG

 Some of the content of this page is taken from Tim Smit's book - Eden

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