The Eden Project Review
Last week, our family of 4 (kids aged 10 and 13) were lucky enough to be able to visit The Eden Project in Par, Cornwall.
The Eden Project can certainly be classed as an educational day out; both the kids and adults learnt lots about not only plants but the environment in general. It was a real eye-opener for all of us and a great place to visit with kids of all ages.
The centre comprises of 2 huge ‘greenhouses’ (which are actually known as Biomes) – One which mimics a mediterranean environment, and the other a rainforest. Each of these Biomes house a huge variety of plants which are native to the areas they are based on. Many of these are plants you would never be likely to see on any trip abroad unless you searched for them. Rubber, cacoa and coffee are just a few which spring to mind.
Not only did we learn about the plants which produce many of the every day products we use, we also learnt about the potentially damaging effects of not buying from sustainable and fair-trade sources.
We learnt about the effects non-sustainable palm oil is having on the planet and its inhabitants and perhaps the most important thing for me was the fact that the exhibits actually explained in clear terminology just how exactly the deforestation of rainforests impacts the worlds’ weather system; and in turn will without a doubt lead to global warming. A fact which I never fully appreciated myself before this visit.
We were all shocked by the scale of the problem – an area the size of the rainforest Biome at The Eden Project is destroyed every 10 seconds. It was certainly an eye opener and I feel that a visit here will greatly help your kids to understand the importance of becoming more eco-friendly – perhaps the adults too!
The core is more interactive and features some fascinating exhibits which explain everything from the issues with marine litter to how your body is in itself an ecosystem for the microbes which live on and within it. Kids who love science will love this place!
Sadly, we never made it on to the high-rope slide, more due to cost than anything, although I’m sure the kids would have loved it. You don’t actually need to pay to enter The Eden Project to be able to visit this, so perhaps this is something for next time we’re down in Cornwall.
For under 5’s, there is a soft play area in the core, although my kids are a bit too old for this now.
Surprisingly, the Biomes themselves were not uncomfortably hot to walk around in, although I would recommend taking some sun cream along with you. UV rays do penetrate the domes (if they didn’t, the plant’s wouldn’t grow of course). It was very hot when we visited, and annoyingly we made the mistake of forgetting this so ended up purchasing sun cream there.
There’s plenty of food available to purchase, although some may consider a little costly at £36 for the 4 of us to eat. We had 2 kids sandwich packs and 2 adult burritos, along with a beer and a small bottle of wine for this price. Picnics are allowed, so you may want to bring your own food along.
All in all, this was a really interesting, educational day out. We had a great time and I would highly recommend a visit. It’s a great way to give kids a deeper appreciation of the planet we live on!