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How to make a lantern from willow

December 16, 2013
Author: Hannah

Lantern making is a nice winter craft activity – for families, schools or community groups. Here in Cornwall lantern parades have become a real tradition, and part of the fun lies in actually making the candlelit lanterns themselves out of willow stems (‘withies’). These instructions come from Emma Myers. You can also download a summary [...]

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Eden offers free weekends of inspirational community training

September 16, 2013
Author: Matt Ashdown

Ten days ago we welcomed over 80 people from all around the UK, who have awesome ideas, engaging projects and a passion to help their local communities flourish. They came to the Eden Project for one of our three-day events on how to get the best out of their ideas to create positive change. Through [...]

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Surfers Not Street Children visit Eden Project

July 12, 2013
Author: Hannah

We got to meet some incredible surfers here last week; a group of former street children from Durban, South Africa, who’ve turned their lives around through the high adrenaline sport. The three young men have been touring the UK – and surfing our waves – to raise awareness of the advocacy group Surfers Not Street [...]

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Inspirational community programme launches at Eden

May 23, 2013
Author: Hannah

We’ve just shared an inspirational weekend with over 50 community-minded individuals from around the country, who joined us at the Eden Project for a three-day event on how to create positive change in their neighbourhoods. Participants travelled from as far afield as Edinburgh and Manchester to take part in the free residential event and pick [...]

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Save money on your energy bills with Cornwall Together

February 18, 2013
Author: Hannah

We’ve just help launch a second round of the Cornwall Together collective buying group to help even more households save money on their energy bills. It follows the success of Cornwall Together’s first round of switching that took place in October 2012. In just under a month 7,000 Cornish households had signed up, with switchers [...]

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The apple man: an interview with Cornish Orchards’ Andy Atkinson

January 25, 2013
Author: Hannah

We talked to Eden Project supplier Andy Atkinson, managing director of Cornish Orchards, to find out how he’s created a thriving – and sustainable – drinks business in just over a decade. Today, Duloe-based Cornish Orchards is growing a business supplying the likes of Sharp’s Brewery, the Eden Project, and even clients in Australia. They [...]

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Business, Community, Sustainability

Organise a seed exchange with friends and neighbours

January 9, 2013
Author: Hannah

Swapping seeds with friends and other gardeners in your neighbourhood is a great way to increase the variety of what you grow, as well as a good opportunity to exchange gardening tips. January is the best time of year to arrange a seed exchange, when you’re gearing up to grow plants for the year ahead. [...]

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Local history inspires Cornish schoolchildren’s Christmas tree decorations

December 16, 2012
Author: Hannah

If you come to Eden this winter you’ll spot some beautiful, weird and wacky Christmas tree decorations as you approach the Visitor Centre. Giant chicken pies with Barbie Doll legs, recycled vintage books, shakeable snow globe baubles… They’ve been designed and created by Cornish schoolchildren who have been working with artists and older residents in [...]

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How to build an insect home

December 10, 2012
Author: Hannah

At our Freaky Nature with Bugs event this half-term (28 May – 2 June 2013), get the low down on the good, the bad and the ugly of the bug world; discover which bugs are plant-friendly and which definitely aren’t! Why not try making your own insect home – or ‘hotel’ – out of junk, [...]

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Switch your power supply to save money

November 23, 2012
Author: Hannah

Last month nearly 10,000 people joined the Cornwall Together collective buying scheme to save money on their energy bills. Pioneered by The Eden Project, NHS and Cornwall Council, the initiative has helped around 70% of those households to save reduce their costs, by negotiating with utility suppliers to get a better deal. Some members say [...]

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