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Eden’s Days of the Triffids are December 28 and 29

December 21, 2009
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Day of the Triffids filmed at EdenFilming The Day of the Triffids at Eden with Actress Kathryn Sumner

A new Power/Prodigy production for BBC One of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids was partly filmed at the Eden Project earlier this year.

The adaptation of the seminal John Wyndham novel, which boasts an all-star cast including Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Dougray Scott, used Eden as a stand-in for the Congolese jungle.

The scenes shot at in the project’s Rainforest Biome are flashbacks of the young Bill Masen’s first encounter with the deadly triffids.

As well as being a filming location, Eden also served as inspiration for production designer Joel Collins, whose previous credits include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow. When designing the triffid itself in March last year, Joel came to Eden looking for inspiration and found it in the sinister visage of one of the project’s plants.

Susan Hill, Eden’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re really looking forward to what promises to be a great piece of sci-fi action and to see how the Eden Project jungle handles one of its most high-profile roles to date. With the biggest tract of rainforest outside the tropics, Eden was the natural choice for the producers and we enjoyed hosting a ‘triffidly’ exciting day of filming.”

The Day of the Triffids will be broadcast on BBC One on December 28 and 29 2009 at 9pm.

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Friday Fun: Its Plant Records!

December 18, 2009
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Pick A Bale of Cotton’ Leadbelly (1945)

Gossypium hirsutum or Cotton is one of the most important economic plants in the world, the material we use comes from the fluffy seed covering, which is spun into fibres and then woven into cloth. People have grown and used cotton for thousands of years. We currently have Cotton Plants growing in our Mediterranean Biome. Much of music we listen to today is derived from the folk and blues songs of the cotton pickers and slaves used in the production of this cloth.

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager  – Eden Project

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On me flower head, son! First football matches played at Eden

December 16, 2009
Author: Ben

A team of people who have completed the Great Grass course in Plymouth (orange) take on the programme's Bristol's representatives on the "Wembl-Eden" pitch

Teams of homeless champions laced up their boots and strapped on their shinpads on Tuesday (December 15) for the first-ever football matches played at Eden.

The world’s biggest greenhouses provided a stunning backdrop for a tournament with a difference, played out between teams of people who have completed the project’s nine-week Great Grass programme.

The programme was run at Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City and the players at Eden were the first people to take part.

Great Grass aims to improve participants’ playing and coaching skills and also teach them about other aspects of the football business such as catering, ticketing, grounds maintenance, marketing and physiotherapy.

Everyone on the courses has gained a football coaching qualification and Cisco Networking Academy accredited NVQ level 2 award.

Theo Pope, who completed the course at Plymouth Argyle and was playing for their team at Eden, said: “Great Grass has been amazing, I’ve met some great people and learned new skills. It’s been a good journey, most definitely a positive experience and I’m happy to be one of the first people to play football at Eden.”

Richard McBride, who was also on the Plymouth Great Grass course, said: “I found Great Grass really rewarding. I’m football crazy so it was great learning at Argyle. As an electrician, the IT qualification I’ve got from the course will hopefully help me develop professionally.”

Jodie Giles, Eden’s Great Day Out Programme Manager, said: “It was a brilliant day and a real celebration of the achievement of all the people who have taken part in Great Grass so far. There was a really positive atmosphere and it brought people together with common goals. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.”

The matches were four-a-side and played in a league format with Exeter’s team emerging eventual winners, a combined Bristol side coming second and Plymouth’s representatives bringing up the rear, albeit with some impressive performances. Outside the Great Grass competition, an Eden Project staff squad also played each team, winning every game with just one goal conceded. The games were staged on an arena dubbed “Wembl-Eden” for the day.

The first courses have been run at the four clubs but there are plans to expand the programme to more clubs in the future. At least 195 people are taking part in the first year, with many more predicted to attend in the future.

As well as gaining practical skills, Great Grass aims to help its participants grow in confidence, live a more structured life and play a more active role in their communities.

Great Grass is a collaboration between the Eden Project, the four football clubs, the Football League Trust, Cisco Systems and Comic Relief to help homeless young people gain the skills and confidence to improve their lives.

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Friday fun: It’s Plant Records

December 11, 2009
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Buddy Holly’ Weezer (1994)

An appropriately seasonal theme this week! There about 600 species of the genus Holly worldwide, but the one primarily associated with Yule is Ilex aquifolium L. with its evergreen glossy spiky leaves and vivid red berries prominent through the cold winter months.   Originally sacred to Druids, a symbol of protection and fertility, the holly was later appropriated by Christianity.

Spike Jonze directed the memorable video for this 1994 track by Weezer, the California alt rockers fronted by enigmatic Rivers Cuomo, who have just released their seventh album ‘Raditude’.

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager  – Eden Project

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Winter planting

December 10, 2009
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Winter Veg - Swiss Chard

The beauty of winter veg is that it gives you something to harvest through the depths and darks of the winter months. Read on for hints and tips on what you can be growing now!

  • “Cut and come again” winter salad leaves like rocket, mustards and oriental leaf salads

Sow a 5cm width row of seeds and use them when they’re just big enough to harvest. The lettuces might need some protection from the cold, but most other leaves should be fine.  They can keep going all throughout the winter. “Cut and come again” salad mixes have become really popular – within 3-4 weeks you can have something to harvest. And you can sow all year round.

  • Weeds, weeds, weeds

Don’t dig up your dandelions – harvest and eat them! Add something different  to a mixed salad – dandelions, chickweed, fat hen, different types of sorrel and shepherd’s purse all make unusual ingredients. But remember, be careful to only eat what you know, and to only eat a small amount, some  weeds have chemicals in which you can’t eat in large quantities.

  • Chard, chicory, endives

Buy these from a nursery as it’s too late to plant seeds. Rainbow chard makes a wonderful ornamental crop too.

  • Peas and beans

It’s a perfect time to get your broad beans in the ground. And some of the autumn varieties of peas, like Feltham First and Douce Provence, are really good ones for growing this time of year. They might need a bit of protection from the weather and hungry mice.

  • Garlic and onions (from sets)

Buy specific autumn onion varieties – and harvest in the summer. Pop your onion sets in the ground four inches apart – the same with garlic. The only thing you’ve got to be a little careful with is to plant them the right way up and keep an eye out for hungry birds!

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Short film on the climate change debate

December 10, 2009
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For those who couldn’t make it last week, there is now a short film of the BBC World One Planet Pre-Copenhagen debate at Eden.

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Try curling this winter

December 7, 2009
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Ever fancied taking up the ice sport curling? Why not come down to the Eden Project this winter and try it out on our Ice Rink.

Watch this report by ITV News (The Westcountry Tonight)

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Eden hosts major climate debate ahead of Copenhagen summit

December 4, 2009
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Climate conference

Above, from Left to right, Tim Smit, Peter Sammonds, Presenter Mike Williams, John Sauven and Vicky Pope.

Eden played its part in the debate surrounding the forthcoming Copenhagen climate conference yesterday (Thursday December 3) by hosting a landmark discussion between some of the world’s top environmental thinkers for the BBC World Service’s One Planet programme.

The panel in the Mediterranean Biome featured Tim Smit, chief executive of Eden, Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, Professor Peter Sammonds of University College London, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK and the debate was chaired by One Planet presenter Mike Williams.

Chinese and American contributions came from Changhua Wu, the Greater China director of the Climate Group, and Nigel Purvis, founder and president of Climate Advisers, respectively, and Yvo de Boer, the convener of the Copenhagen conference was interviewed, admitting that he is losing sleep over the organisation of the event. Hammer Simwinga, a Zambian agronomist, also contributed, giving the discussion an African point of view.

A diverse range of subjects were covered, including the possibility of Copenhagen delegates brokering a meaningful deal, rising populations and their impact on the resources and the climate and the consequences of the recent leaked e-mail scandal.

An enthusiastic and knowledgable audience added to the debate, with a notable contribution coming from a student from Poltair School who said he wanted to save the rainforests for the sake of his children’s generation, and from members of the Eden team.

The programme is due to be broadcast on Saturday December 5, the eve of the Copenhagen summit, between 6pm and 7pm on the BBC world Service. To listen, visit www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice and if you miss the show you’ll be able to download a podcast afterwards.

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Friday Fun – It’s Plant Records

December 4, 2009
Author: Chris

(For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?) )

‘Pictures of Lily’ The Who (1967)

The Lilium genus are herbaceous plants that grow from bulbs, known particularly for their wide variety of stunning flowers, making them a favourite with gardeners and flower arrangers. Eden, naturally, has a fine selection of both day and tropical lilies.

As a responsible environmental charity, The Eden Project cannot condone the wanton guitar smashing and hotel wrecking that Townsend and Moon pioneered but boy, was it entertaining to watch!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager  – Eden Project

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Climate change debate

December 2, 2009
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One Planet, the BBC World Service’s flagship environment and global development programme, is to broadcast a climate change discussion from the unique surroundings of Eden’s Mediterranean Biome on Thursday December 3 in the Mediterranean Biome’s citrus grove.

The debate will be broadcast on One Planet on the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference and features some of the world’s foremost environmental thinkers.

Together, the programme’s panellists and contributors will be examining whether international summits are the best way to tackle climate change, looking at what realistically can be expected out of the Copenhagen process and asking what issues are not on the table at the summit, but which need to be factored in to any attempt to reduce global warming.

Four people will make up the panel at Eden: Tim Smit, Chief Executive of Eden, Vicky Pope, Head of Climate Change Advice at the Met Office, Peter Sammonds, Professor of Geophysics at University College London and John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK.

Panellists contributing by telephone on the day will be: Changhua Wu, Greater China Director of the China Group from Beijing, Nigel Purvis, President of Climate Advisers and Hammer Simwinga, who runs the North Luangwa Wildlife Conservation and Community Development programme in Zambia.

Also contributing to the broadcast will be: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the diplomat in change of the Copenhagen summit and Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives. President Nasheed announced a pioneering collaboration between the Eden Project and the Government of the Maldives on climate change earlier this year.

One Planet is a weekly view of global development and the environment presented by Mike Williams, an experienced former BBC foreign correspondent. BBC World Service is the BBC’s International radio station and has a reach of up to 40 million listeners.

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