cluster of hi-tech firms could set up to support the work of those moving
into the county. It could also help stem the brain drain of Cornish
youngsters forced to leave the county to find work.
Relocating parts of their business to Cornwall could become an even more
attractive proposition for multi-nationals in the wake of Cornwall's
successful bid for Objective One funding.
Construction will include two massive plant conservatories and an
estimated three quarters of a million visitors a year will see coconuts,
bananas, rice, cotton, hemp and bamboo growing in the heart of Cornwall.
The larger biome will create the climate of the humid tropics while the
second will recreate a warm temperate climate, with plants from the
Mediterranean, South Africa and the south western USA.
Oranges, olives and grapes will all be growing under one roof. Lemons and
bananas, pictured left and right, are already fruiting in the nurseries.
The 12 acres of grounds will be given over to plant displays from our
Eden money has come from: private sector funds £17.58m; Millennium
Commission £37.15m; English Partnerships £3m; other grants £5m;
European Regional Development Fund/Single Regeneration Budget £10m;
Restormel Borough Council/Cornwall County Council/Prosper £1.7m;
charitable donations (£1m).
Countdown to Eden opening
Cornwall's £80 million Eden Project will open its doors to the public on Saturday, March 17, when visitors will have the chance to see the unique attraction in all its glory.
With more than 400,000 visitors flocking to see the giant dome-shaped greenhouses being constructed last year, and worldwide media attention, the opening is bound to attract the crowds keen to see how the former clay pit at Bodelva, near St Austell, has been transformed.
But the project’s management is urging people not to rush all at once as their Eden experience could be tainted if the site is overcrowded.
On view will be two huge biomes, the largest being the humid tropic dome which will house trees and plants from the Amazon, Africa and Malaysia, including rubber, coconuts and rice. The warm temperate biome will feature plants and trees from the Mediterranean, including oranges, olives and grape vines.
The visitor centre had been completely revamped and a smart new restaurant will be open for business.
However, Kevin Viner, who was appointed executive chef at Cornwall’s Eden Project will no longer be working with the venue’s catering team.
Mr Viner, who is the proprietor of Falmouth’s Pennypots restaurant, told The West Briton that he had decided to part company with the project.
He said: “I am very disappointed with the way the catering at Eden has been put together and we have had to part company. I don’t want people to think that I am associated with the project.”
The Eden Project declined to comment on his departure.
February 25, 2001 (The
Herbert Fitz the inventor of ETFE report 11/03/01 Thank
you for sending this email
Congratulation to Your www.site
eden .It might interest You - the ETFE -Fluoropolymer film was invented
and developed 25 years ago by the Hoechst A.G.
/ Germany / Gendorf works ( Bavaria ) - now
( since 1996 DYNEON GmbH = 3 M company / USA ).In the early days the
basic idea was to use the film for solar -collectors , later on as a
long lasting membrane material for roofing systems. Field testing of the
ETFE - film in arizona / USA showed no change in the optical
& mechanical properties after 10 years exposure and we have now over
20 years samples - exposed to weather in
germany - no change at all .
In the fluoropolymer family - ETFE as a film
for roofing systems - shows the most versatile
properties .The coming development is a coated ETFE - filament - fabric
Anyhow - I am very pleased what happened in
Your country in the use of the ETFE -
Last but not least - the ETFE - film was
created in my lab - when I was a young
polymerchemist at Hoechst A.G.
Wishing You and Your family the very best -
Dr.Herbert Fitz ( retired polymerchemist
Dear Keith ,
Thanks for your e - mail today .Lets see who
might be interested in the ETFE Film
What I have not mentioned in my story was ,
that the ETFE film compared with
window glass ( green house quality ) shows no change of the the solar -
spectrum ( daylight / sunlight ) . If
You grow tomatos , roses and so on - plants which need the UV
light from the sun - You will find a
remarkable difference in the growing results and the quality
.( taste of the tomatos ) .
regards - the very best : Herbert (
to other reports and pictures
Tropics Biome Planting Starts report 06/10/00
the Gecko and biome planting report 06/10/00
Inside The Humid biome
to Eden. Photo guide to your Eden
and Industry Minister visits Eden
roofing panels go in the biomes today
roofing panel report (Cornish Guardian) 23/08/00
gets Charlie's stamp of approval
First Photos from inside the Humid Tropics Biome June