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Rare ‘sausage tree’ fruits in Eden’s rainforest

July 28, 2010
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An African tree has given birth to its signature sausage-shaped pod in our Rainforest Biome. The fruit is 20cm long, and we hope it will grow to the full 1m, as seen in the wild.

The Kigelia africana tree is named after the Mozambican words for sausage and tree (‘kigeli-keia’) and has a variety of uses in tropical and southern Africa, including beer-making, timber, and herbal medicines. Wild birds, and animals such as giraffes and baboons, also love the pulp and help spread the seed far and wide.

Its reddish-orange waxy flowers are usually pollinated by bats and hawk-moths at night – although it’s unlikely that Eden’s specimen appeared thanks to these creatures. Horticulturalists at the gardens have been attempting to artificially pollinate the three sausage trees for the past five years, using a cotton bud to take pollen from the ‘male’ stamen and place it on the ‘female’ part of the flower.

“But this fruit was a real surprise,” admits one of Eden’s Skilled Horticulturalists, Sandra Austin. She adds: “It’s also possible that a small insect in the biome contributed to the pollination – or perhaps this particular tree is in just the right spot for optimum humidity, heat and shade in the Biome.” blog sausage tree 1

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It’s Friday’s Plant Record!

July 23, 2010
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?) )

‘Grass’ – Animal Collective (2005)

The Grass family is massive! We use grasses for a vast range of things from food to construction, Bamboo’s are grasses as are Wheat and Sweetcorn. They have the most amazing flowers, so the next time you are lazing around in a field on a summers day, have a good old look at the grass your sitting on!

The Animal Collective are an amazingly eclectic band with a slightly psychadelic sound, this particular song is quite catchy.

What is your favourite grass?

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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The Big Lunch Success!

July 21, 2010
Author: Hannah

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Yesterday saw one million people up and down the country sit down to eat together for The Big Lunch, the initiative started by the Eden Project to sow the seeds of community and friendship.

Across the UK bouncy castles were inflated, sack races cheered and smiley faces painted on children and adults as neighbours came together on what was – in some places at least, a beautiful sunny Sunday. Check out the photos and read some heartwarming stories on The Big Lunch Facebook Page

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Big Lunch this Sunday!

July 16, 2010
Author: Hannah

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This Sunday, Brits are breaking out the bunting and barbecues for The Big Lunch. In all four corners of the UK, people are organising events ranging from a full-blown street party to a simple bring-your-own picnic with a couple of neighbours.

There’s still time to take part where you live – search for a local Big Lunch using your postcode, or grab a few neighbours and have a bite to eat in your garden / street / park. You can register and get loads of ideas here http://www.thebiglunch.com

Here’s some inspiration from around the country:

  • The Cowgate estate in  Newcastle is gearing up for its second Big  Lunch, with sack races, a bouncy castle and fruit and veg growing  demonstrations.
  • A community in King’s Heath,  Birmingham, is pulling together in the wake  of several arson attacks to offer a Big Lunch with free ice cream for kids,  games and music.
  • In Truro,  Cornwall, neighbours are laying on a  traditional street party with trestle tables and barrels of beer, as well as a  charity bring-and-buy sale.
  • Residents from the scattered rural community  of Traquair and Glen in Scotland’s Peeblesshire will be converging  for a Big Lunch for the second  year.
  • In Tufnell Park, north  London, residents are bringing their  national dish and rigging up flags, to celebrate the 30 or so different  nationalities living in the street.

“The Big Lunch has the potential to build stronger, friendlier communities on a massive scale,” says Eden’s Peter Stewart, which is behind the campaign.

He organised an event in his own neighbourhood last year and says: “The morning after a Big Lunch has a feeling like no other. You walk down the street where, yesterday, people were eating, chatting, playing instruments, skateboarding and cooking on barbecues. The whole place feels different. I feel different.”

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Friday’s Plant Record!

July 16, 2010
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?) )

‘Counting Flowers on the Wall’ – Statler Brothers (1966)

Well everything seems to be in full flower here at Eden at the moment, with bright colours exploding out of the Rainforest and the stately colours of our Outdoor Biome, when you add the heady mix of mediterranean flowers you can’t fail to be happy even when wandering around in the rain and wind!

The Statler Brothers were an awesome gospel country group that ended up touring for about 8 years warming up for Johnny Cash, and performed this very song at the famous San Quentin Prison gig.

Have a great weekend, and I hope most of you get a chance to get out and count real flowers, not sit inside and stare at the ones on the wallpaper!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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Your starter for the Big Lunch

July 9, 2010
Author: Hannah

Eden hosts “longest picnic table in the world”

The biggest greenhouses in the world played host to what could be the longest picnic table today. A grassy roof between the iconic Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes at the Eden Project in Cornwall was the setting for the 48m long picnic for a 100 people and a dog.

The spectacular feast was designed to be a “starter” for the Big Lunch, which encourages everyone in Britain to sit down with their neighbours in a simple act of community and friendship. The second annual Big Lunch is on Sunday week, July 18.

“The Big Lunch has grown out of an idea at Eden so what better way to remind everyone about it than to stage our own on the roof,” said Peter Stewart, Eden’s Campaigns and Communications Director. “This is just for starters. The main course will be when many thousands of people the length and breadth of Britain do their own thing on July 18. Lunches big and small are happening around the country and, even though the event takes place in just over a week it’s not too late to organise a simple gathering with your neighbours.”

To sign up to run your own Big Lunch and to play an exclusive Aardman Digital Shaun the Sheep game with a chance to win a family weekend break in Cornwall, see www.thebiglunch.com

*The makers of a 46m (151ft) picnic table in Dufur, Oregon, USA, have laid claim to it being the world’s longest.

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Friday fun with Plant Records!

July 9, 2010
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?) )

‘New Rose’ – The Damned (1976)

A staple of the English cottage garden, the rose comes in many forms from the rambling dog rose (Rosa canina) with its delicate pink flowers to the showy blooms of the bushy shrub Rosa alba. The superb fragrance of many roses has guaranteed that the essential oil has been a vital ingredient of perfume for centuries.

The Damned released this first UK punk single way back in 1976 before going on to be important in the development of goth during the 1980s. Despite a history of break ups and reformations, the group continues to play live and still feature two of the original members, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.

Thanks to Simon for this one!

Chris Bisson – Plant Records Manager – Eden Project

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