A development cost of 270 million euros, more ‘than 135 thousand plants of 4,500 different species, a quarry 60 meters deep and as big as 35 football fields.
7 years of work, almost 2 million tons of sludge removed in six months from 12 trucks and eight bulldozers.
These are astonishing figures of Eden Project, the amazing feat accomplished in Cornwall to recreate the complexity of the plant world in a real Garden of Eden.
These are three huge hemispheres resting on the bottom of an old abandoned quarry in Boledeva, in which are reproduced all products and vegetable life forms imaginable, from the tropical forest vegetation typical of the Mediterranean basin.
Ecosystems recreated with meticulous precision and scientific, alternating with moments of real spectacle that separate the various rooms of this huge botanical garden: before going into the humid tropical biosphere becomes the row to take a hat or a small tarp because the warning signs that “you are confronted with the 1,500 millimeters of rain fall each year in the tropics, but the weather is still very wet, with vapors, mists and waterfalls.
It does not end here. Within this huge complex are two of the largest biospheres in the world, populated by over 100,000 plants of various origins and place in the steel and plastic domes that allow a perfect emulation of two widespread biomes, the tropical and Mediterranean , through a complex system of conditioning and thermal control.
The Eden Project is structured in 5 areas:
- The Tropical Biome, located in the northern hemisphere’s largest complex
- The Mediterranean Biome, located in the second biosphere just south
- The Garden, which is a huge garden, within the same complex that houses about 1,890 acres in 13 types of plants, and traveling different paths.
- The Core, the educational center of the complex, in which there are spaces for teaching environmental education.
- The theater that is a covered space used to host concerts, exhibitions and activities.
The project, designed by the famous Anglo-Dutch entrepreneur Tim Smit and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw and civil engineering firm Anthony Hunt and Associates, was completed and opened to the public in March 2001 and today represents one of the most impressive sights World.