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Eden Project 2012

During our summer trip to Cornwall, we spent a lovely afternoon at the Eden Project, near St Austell.

Registered as a charity, the Eden Project is not only a beautiful place to visit, but a hugely educational one, and we loved exploring the enormous biomes and gardens.

In one is the world’s largest "rainforest in captivity", large enough that there are many distinct environments such as the mangrove swamp, a large waterfall and rainforest, mini rice paddies, vegetable fields and soya plantations and an absolutely incredible collection of flora.

The smaller Mediterranean biome doesn’t feel quite as real, in some ways, though it’s still delightful.

In the gardens, we admired plants more suited to our climate, and a range of sculpture and art.

The educational centre is more geared to children, but we did appreciate the immense stone egg sculpture inside – a shame it’s not on display in the gardens, where one could enjoy it from all around.

We were very impressed by both the quality and the price of the food served in the enormous Eden Bakery. All the food and drink offerings use local, seasonal or fairly traded products wherever they can. I also loved my baobob ice cream, from the small stall just outside the rainforest biome.

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Our visit to the Eden Project was part of a week-long South West Tour courtesy of The Eden Project and The Food Travel Company. The Food Travel Company offers specialist trips for food lovers, with group departures and customised itineraries available.