Eden’s handmade pottery range now available online

May 21, 2012
Author: admin

If you’ve enjoyed a meal in the Eden Bakery, you’ve probably spotted our gorgeous hand thrown pots used for the soups, stews and salads.

Since commissioning this contemporary range of pottery, we’ve had overwhelming interest from people wanting to collect the range at home. And as we want you to enjoy this pottery just as much as we do at Eden, we are now offering this collection to the public both in our shops on site, and on our webshop. Well, it was a no brainer – you asked for it, we’ll deliver it!

Our custom range is designed and handmade in west Cornwall by a partnership of French potter, Michel Francois and Cornish potter Jacob Bodilly. The team worked with Falmouth University to research and develop ceramic technology which marries traditional techniques with modern technology. This has resulted in a range that has durability and style, beauty and function, rustic charm in a 21st century kitchen.

We caught up with Michel and Jacob in their studios to see exactly how these handmade pots are made:

1. With hand drawings, the jug is taken from conception to design.

2. First they roll and weigh the clay, work it until it’s soft. They then create an egg shape.

3. Using the palm of the hand, they gently shape the clay on the pottery wheel, adding water for pliability. Fingers are used to define the shape.

4. At this point, they create the basic shape of the jug on the pottery wheel.

5. Once the pot looks like a pot, the next task is to create the spout and mark the position of the handle.

6. To ensure a firm bond, they score the clay to attach the handle. They do this on both the handle and the pot.

7. The handle is shaped and sealed with a stylish dimple.

8. Eden Project logo is proudly stamped on.

9. All of the inside and half the outside jug is dipped in white chocolate, oops I mean glaze.

10. The finished jug is ready to be packaged and shipped out directly to customers.

To buy these gorgeous pots, visit our webshop and collect the whole range.

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Live updates from the Olympic Torch Relay at Eden

May 19, 2012
Author: Tom

Click ‘refresh’ to check for the latest updates on this page. Get involved on Twitter – tag your tweets #DayOne2012


Check out our video of the Flame going up in the balloon:


Amazing shots of an amazing day. Thanks to everyone who came – please share your experiences of the day with us via Twitter or Facebook.


Gaynor Coley, our Chief Executive, Enterprise, said: ‘What a day for Cornwall, the UK and for the Eden Project. To be among the first places to witness this extraordinary spectacle was a moment we will remember forever.

‘The rousing welcome that Cornwall gave the Olympic Flame shows the true spirit of this special place to the rest of the world. Ben was beautiful the Biomes were beautiful, it was a Cornish gold medal of a day.’


Ben Fogle on his experience as the torchbearer: ‘As I ran through the Eden Project there were crowds of people and roars of appreciation…The helium balloon rose 50 metres to the top of the Biome. It was extraordinary looking out on a sea of people and all the plants below. It felt very special: I was very proud to be part of it’


Ben thanks Eden Team member Mike for bringing him and the flame back safely down to earth. Ben said the experience was “Unforgettable”.


Ben ascends with the Olympic Flame in our Rainforest Balloon.


Here’s a nice one of Ben carrying the Olympic Torch down our Plane Tree Steps.


Wow! The Olympic Torch has now been and gone. Ben Fogle did a great job as torchbearer. Here he is on our Viewing Platform. The crowd loved every minute!


There are all types of fun and games to get involved in today at our Freaky Nature exhibit, which is all about exploring the strange world of plants. (It’s also on during next half-term – 2-10 June).

Pictured right is Amelia Ottewell trying her hand at strangler fig hoopla, where the player is the fig plant trying to strangle trees with their hoopy loops.

Here’s Lara Lewis Ras from Chesham in Buckinghamshire stuck to our sticky velcro wall, a bit like a giant burdock seed.

Here’s Chris Bisson from the Eden Science team showing Jack Ratcliffe from St Blazey Gate the algae used to colour blue Smarties.


Turned out nice again! The weather’s looking lovely here at Eden at the moment. Ice creams, t-shirts, shorts all over the place!


Jerry, Kevin, Mike and Lucy are The Barrel Rock Boys. They’ve come down from Bude to sing some sea shanties in the sun. They’ll be singing again at 3.30pm just before  the arrival of the Olympic flame.


We’ve got our very own special ‘torch’ in flower in our Rainforest Biome right now. Torch ginger Etlingera elatior is grown throughout SE Asia: the stems of the flowers are chopped up and added to curries or soups with rice noodles. Find out more and see more pictures on our torch ginger page.


A couple of local lads with paper Olympic Torches they’ve made with the help of Eden’s Rob Copeland (left). If you’d like to make your own torch to wave when the real one arrives at Eden, come and find Rob and the team outside the Stage area.


We’ve got demonstrations of Cornish wrestling – or ‘wrasslin’ as it’s known locally- taking place in our Orchard at 1.3opm and 2.30pm this afternoon.

In the sport, which goes back thousands of years, all holds are taken on the jacket; wrestlers are not allowed to catch hold of any other part of their opponent’s body.

Ken Cocks, spokesman  for Cornish Wrestling, said: ‘It’s fitting that they’re bringing the Olympic Torch here to Eden today, and hopefully they’ll see some wrestling, which is Cornwall’s national sport.’

Pictured above is Jamie Stone throwing Tom Coleman (both from Bodmin).


Rapper and singer Labrinth was flying in a helicopter over Eden this morning, and tweeted a great aerial shot of the Project. Check out his tweet here. Labrinth will be performing live at Eden later in the summer, at the Chase and Status gig on Wednesday 4 July 2012.


Here’s a map of the Olympic Flame’s route through Eden. TV’s Ben Fogle will carry it from from the Visitor Centre, down the Plane Tree Steps and then into the Rainforest Biome where he’ll go up in our Rainforest Balloon. Entry to the Rainforest Biome will be limited when the Torch is here, but there will be plenty of other great vantage points. Click on the link to see the map in more detail, with all the vantage points marked.

Map of the Olympic Flame’s route through Eden (PDF)

Here’s the full programme of activities for the day:

  • The Olympic Torch is expected to arrive at Eden at 4.22pm and depart at 4.52pm (although these times may change). TV’s Ben Fogle will carry the Flame way across the Eden site and take a flight in the Rainforest Balloon.
  • Freaky Nature (10am–6pm in the Stage): discover the weird and wonderful world of plants with interactive exhibits.
  • Sports day (11am–4pm in the Arena): battle it out with your family in events such as hobby horse dressage, hobby horse relay, bean-bag shot put and an obstacle course relay.
  • Cornish wrestling (11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Orchard): come and see demonstrations of this ancient sport, known locally as ‘wrasslin’.
  • Sea shanties (12.30pm and 3.30pm  in the Orchard ): sung by local group, the Barrel Rock Boys.
  • Storytelling: Fairytales for a Mended Earth – Stories from Gondwana. Learn about ancient tree species from the super-continent of Gondwana, and Eden’s new and magical garden: Wild Chile.
  • Recycled paper-making workshops (11am – 4pm): join us in the paper garden.
  • Marketplace of Ideas (10am–4pm in the Core): find out more about our creative community projects, from art, music and dance to college courses and volunteering  opportunities across the county. There will also be info on health, sporting initiatives, legal advice, sustainable living, reducing your carbon and saving money.
  • Meet our local suppliers: come to our Visitor Centre meet our local suppliers to our Shop and sample some of the Best of the West.
  • Sharp’s Real Ale Bar in the Bakery.

Good morning sports fans, and everyone else! Things are warming up nicely here at the Eden Project for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay at 4.22pm this afternoon.

We’ve got loads of activities on throughout the day, so come down to have some fun and don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in our unique venue.

Celebrations, Fun, Sport

Ben Fogle to carry Olympic Flame at Eden on Saturday

May 15, 2012
Author: Tom

Presenter, writer and adventurer Ben Fogle will be carrying the Olympic Flame in our helium-filled balloon in our Rainforest Biome on Saturday 19 May.

He is one of thousands of torch-bearers who will carry the Flame on its journey around the UK, starting at Land’s End on the morning of 19 May, travelling through Cornwall that day and eventually arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.

The Olympic Torch is due to arrive at Eden at around 4.20pm, stop outside the Visitor Centre, where the flame will be transferred into a lantern, and transported to the Rainforest Biome, where it will soar 50m in the air, held aloft by Ben.

Ben said: “I am thrilled to be one of the Torchbearers for London 2012 in such an iconic location. To be flying the Flame in a helium balloon within the dome is a great honour and a great treat. It will certainly be an experience I won’t forget.”

As well as the chance to see the Olympic Flame in our unique setting, there will be a whole day of activities for families who want to have a day out at Eden around the visit of the Flame:

  • Freaky Nature, a series of interactive activities exploring the strange world of plants with a special Olympic theme focusing on nature’s gold medallists (all day).
  • Cornish wrestling displays (11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm),
  • performances of traditional sea shanties from the Barrel Rock Boys (12.30pm, 3.30pm)
  • dance demonstrations (1pm, 2pm, 3pm)
  • Eden sports day in the arena between 11am and 4pm, featuring events such as hobby horse dressage, bean bag shot put and an obstacle course relay.
  • Marketplace of Ideas, a chance for visitors to find out more about community projects from Eden and other groups.

The Eden Project will be open from 9.30am on 19 May and standard admission prices will apply. See full details of the day on the Eden website.

About Ben Fogle

Ben’s achievements include racing 160 miles across the Sahara desert in the notorious Marathon Des Sables. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days and crossed Antarctica in a foot race to the South Pole. He has also presented numerous programmes including BBC’s Animal Park, Wild In Africa, Countryfile, Crufts, One Man and His Dog and Extreme Dreams.

He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent and has written five bestselling books. Ben’s latest book, The Accidental Adventurer is out now. He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Tusk, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the President of the Campaign for National Parks.

Olympic Torch Relay route animation

Watch the Flame whizz through Eden in the amazing computer-generated animation.

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Win a luxury garlic hamper or two tickets to the Eden Project this Father’s Day

May 14, 2012
Author: admin

Dads usually get the raw end of the deal. After a lifetime of hard slog, tolerance and unlimited car rides we typically say thank you each year with a new pair of socks or a comedy mug. How about looking beyond the high street for gifts for dad this Father’s Day with something a little more unusual, ethical and thoughtful.

To celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 17 June we’re giving away a free luxury garlic hamper from our webshop; a delectable collection of all things garlic. This sustainable wicker hamper is packed with artisan chutneys, marmalades, mayonnaise and a hot smoked garlic bulb. Perfect for garlic lovers.

We’re also giving away two tickets for a memorable day out at the Eden Project, enabling two lucky people to explore our stunning gardens, visit the world’s largest rainforest in captivity and discover our world-class sculptures.

How to enter

To be in with a chance to win our popular garlic lovers hamper or a two tickets to the Eden Project, all you have to do is place any order on our webshop before Sunday 17 June and we’ll automatically enter you in to the prize draw.

Prize draw terms and conditions

• The first name drawn at random after the closing date will receive the prize as detailed above.
• The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No alternative prize will be offered and there is no cash alternative.
• The draw is not open to employees of The Eden Project, their families, its agents or anyone professionally connected with the prize draw.
• All shop orders must be received by 9am on 17 June 2012. The winner will be notified by email after the closing date.
• By entering this competition you are giving the Eden Project permission to contact you at a future date. You can unsubscribe from this service at any time.
• Prize draw open to all UK residents. Entrants must be over 16 years of age.

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Join the Eden schools team at the Sunday Times Festival of Education

May 11, 2012
Author: Guest

We’re delighted to have been asked to take our own brand of learning to the Sunday Times Festival of Education on the 23–24 June 2012, dubbed the ‘Educational Glasto’.

We’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of David Starkey, Lord Adonis and our very own Tim Smit, who are discussing aspects of education in all its glory at Wellington College in Berkshire.

You’re most likely to find the schools team, however, running around in the mud (yes, just like Glastonbury) delivering a practical session on taking the curriculum outdoors, a subject close to our hearts.

Working in the beautiful 500-acre grounds of Wellington College, we’ll be running activities for teachers that will help them encourage young people to look again at the world around them – for example writing poems outside, creating stories, doing maths with nature, and making beautiful natural art.

Teachers on an outdoor learning course with the Eden Project

We’re aiming to show teachers that teaching outside can be quick, easy and effective, and that it will add depth, quality and meaning to a child’s learning experience. It doesn’t need a lot of planning resources or paperwork – and is also a lot of fun.

If you can’t come to the festival, then why not book a place on our outdoor learning teacher training day here at Eden Project on 28 September 2012, a whole-day course dedicated to these same issues?

By Bran Howell

Creativity, Education
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10 tips for gardeners in May from the Eden Project

May 2, 2012
Author: Tom

Video: 10 tips for gardeners in May from the Eden Project

  1. Harvest rhubarb to eat.
  2. Now the frosts have passed, plant out bedding plants.
  3. Remove weeds by hand, or perhaps with a hoe.
  4. Protect strawberry plants from rain splashing up against them by surrounding them with straw.
  5. Put in supports, such as cane wig-wams or twiggy sticks, for climbers and herbaceous plants.
  6. Control pests by using other insects that feed on them.
  7. Sow annual wildflowers in gaps.
  8. Encourage bushy growth from plants propagated last autumn by pinching out the tips.
  9. Take cuttings from and propagate tender perennials.
  10. Amid all the many jobs, don’t forget to take some time out and enjoy your garden!

With thanks to Catherine Cutler.

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Seeds of a solution for rainforests?

April 30, 2012
Author: Guest

Deep inside our tropical quarantine, some precious seeds are germinating; ones which could hold a solution to the deforestation caused by slash-and-burn agriculture.

They’re from the Inga plant, a fast-growing tropical tree that subsistence farmers in Honduras, Central America, are being encouraged to grow as a way of reclaiming land exhausted by slash-and-burn farming.

Hand holding open Inga Edulis seeds

Slash and burn is the practice of cutting and burning forest to create fields, and while it can be effective in sparsely populated areas, intensive cropping can drain the soil, meaning farmers have to move on to repeat the process on virgin forest elsewhere.

What makes Inga edulis so special is that it has been shown to rehabilitate abandoned, infertile land, adding nitrogen to the soil and encouraging beneficial fungi to grow.

UK charity the Inga Foundation is educating and supporting Honduran farmers to grow Inga trees in rows on tracts of land, in between which they can cultivate other crops such as beans and corn, or even high-value spices like vanilla or pepper.

This ‘alley cropping’ technique requires trees to be planted close together and pruned heavily to allow in the light. It works so well because when the Inga trees drop their leaves they not only smother weeds, but also provide a rich mulch for the crops below. What’s more, the sweet, pulpy flesh surrounding the Inga seeds taste delicious.

Our own Inga seeds were harvested in Honduras by the Inga Foundation’s Mike Hands, who plucked them from the tree as they ripened and brought them over to our nursery just in time for them to germinate.

Once they’ve grown big enough we’ll be planting them in our Rainforest Biome, where visitors will be able to see alley cropping first hand and learn about the potential it has to reduce pressure on tropical forests.

Neville Evans with the Inga plants in the Eden nursery

Find out more about Inga on the Inga Foundation website.

With thanks to Neville Evans

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Eden hosts China clay film screening

April 26, 2012
Author: Emma

On Saturday 28 April we’ll be hosting a screening of ‘Days of Clay’, a selection of archive film of the china clay industry, some of which has rarely been seen.

Black and white image of two men loading china clay into a cart

The film, featured recently on BBC Spotlight, has been put together by Wheal Martyn, China Clay History Society and Azook CIC to help communities in the Clay Country explore their cultural identity.

The film will include historic footage and oral history recordings of local people who worked and lived within china clay industry, mainly from the 1930s to the 1970s. A compilation of archive photographs will also be on display.

Eden’s a fitting venue for the screening as it was built within a disused clay pit, known locally as Bodelva, which had been mined until 1998 when it reached the end of its working life.

Admission to the screening is free and pre-booking is advised. Places can be booked by calling 0845 0509 429 or by emailing Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 7.30pm. Refreshments will also be available.

Community, Cornwall

Spring Fayre in St Austell

April 26, 2012
Author: Emma

This weekend St Austell will be hosting its first annual Spring Fayre.

There’ll be arts and crafts, delicious locally produced food and drink, plus live music and entertainment. Families will also be able to get involved in green-fingered activities including a flower show and a ‘flower power’ parade.

We’re supporting the event with storytelling at the Eden Cafe on Saturday, and the Big Green Bus will be in Biddicks Court on Sunday with a member of our Pollination Team entertaining children throughout the day.

Spring Fayre details

Entry is free and events will be taking place in the town centre on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2012, between 10am and 4pm.

Daffodils against a blue sky

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Free green building event at Eden 17 May

April 26, 2012
Author: Hannah

If you’re interested in green building and sustainable construction, whether you work in the industry or are planning to retrofit your home, come along to Green Build Cornwall on Thursday 17 May 2012.

Organised by Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, the event is a chance to find out what green building options are now locally available, and to get the latest news on emerging companies in the renewable energy and green construction sectors in Cornwall.

On the day there’ll be:

  • Stalls from green building and energy companies, where visitors can learn about cutting-edge technologies and speak to experts.
  • Short seminars on subjects such as energy in buildings and integrating renewables into construction.
  • ‘Ask an Architect’ sessions with RIBA South West (Royal Institute of British Architects). If you already have plans, bring them along with you to one of these free half-hour sessions with a local architect. (Please book for these – see below.)

Solar panels on Eden's Core building

Visitors can also find out about the Green Build Hub, an exciting project by Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust due to be built at Eden. Currently seeking planning permission, the energy-efficient centre is designed to be a test bed for building elements such as walls, windows, living roofs and renewable energy systems.

The Green Build Hub would also demonstrate what can be achieved in Cornwall to improve the sustainability of construction, and collaborators would also be able to use the facility for training and to engage with the public. Many of these collaborators will be at the event.

Eden’s Sustainability Manager Caron Thompson said: ‘The interest in building sustainably is increasing rapidly and Cornwall is well placed to be a leader in this field so we are delighted that this event is being held at the Eden Project. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to Eden to see some of the fantastic work and innovation going on in and around Cornwall.’

How to register for the event 
Green Build Cornwall is free and open to all. Please
register online or, to book a session with an architect, contact CSBT on 01726 64651 or

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