The Eden Project connects us with each other and the living world
The Spirit of the Rainforest project will involve and inspire a new generation to connect to the Rainforest.
The Eden Project, an educational charity and social enterprise, creates gardens, exhibitions, art, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together and with nature towards a better future. Our first project was to make a 35-acre global garden in a 50m-deep crater that was once a china clay pit to demonstrate regeneration and the art of the possible.
We call our HQ ‘the Living Theatre of Plants and People’ because in it we proudly present (and celebrate) our relationship with and dependence on plants: plants that feed us, clothe us, cure us, make and colour the fabric of our lives and even supply the very air we breathe.
This Living Theatre, nestled in the crater, is like a magical lost world. Hidden from view just below the lip of this giant pit, two vast covered Biomes house wild landscapes, crops and stories from the Rainforest and Mediterranean regions. These serve as a backdrop to the Outdoor Gardens, which grow the plants from our own climate.
The majestic rainforests that circle the globe are the planet’s life-support system. We can’t all go there, so we grew the largest rainforest in captivity in our Rainforest Biome. Here visitors explore the secrets of the rainforest, discover how forests keep us alive, learn of the challenges and, most important, learn of ways of trying to save them. Millions of people live in and make their living in these verdant lands; we bring you some of their stories. Half the Biome grows tropical crops: chocolate, coffee, spices, rubber, medicines... Traditionally forest was felled to cultivate some of these things.
‘Rainforest is the glue that holds the climate of our planet together. Lose the forest and it will have devastating consequences for all life on Earth.’ Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, FRS
We explore the search for balance to find ways to grow and harvest crops to meet people’s needs whilst conserving the forest that keeps us all alive; regulating our climate, recycling our air and acting as a huge bank of biodiversity.
We need to live in balance with this natural world to overcome some of the challenges we have imposed on it. As Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame) said: ‘The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.’ The team at Eden are inspired by the belief that people are more than capable of changing things for the better.
"The first step is understanding and a desire to care. The Spirit of the Rainforest project will involve and inspire a new generation to connect to the Rainforest to do just that."The Eden Project