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How we built Eden

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Where has the money come from?

The Millennium Commission weighed in with £37.5 million of Lottery funding to single Eden out as the ‘landmark’ project of the far South West, and their subsequent contributions brought the total to just over £56 million. We hope we’ve delivered for them and for anyone who's ever bought a Lottery ticket.

Other major sources of funding included the EU and Southwest Regional Development Agency (some £50 million between them, including £26 million towards capital funding from the EU) and £20 million of commercial loans. The balance was made up of £8 million of other loans and some funds generated by Eden itself and reinvested back into the Project.

What difference have we made with the money?

Eden employs some 400 members and gives another 300 people the opportunity to volunteer with us. Since opening to the public in 2001, the place has attracted more than 18 million visitors and inspired an economic renaissance in Cornwall by contributing more than £1.7 billion to the local economy.

What have we spent it on?

How we built this place How much? (£ million)
Buying a large and unusual site, car parks, roads and paths 16
Reshaping the ground to make it safe, dry and useful 8
A couple of decent greenhouses 25
40 acres of plants…some tall 3
83,000 tonnes of manufactured soil to grow them in 2
A nursery to practise in and grow some unusual plants 1
Buildings for you and our team – fully equipped 22
Services to keep it all running 7
Paying the team up to opening 3
Exhibits to entertain you, walkways to keep you dry, a lift, a bridge 12
Advice on the things we couldn’t do ourselves 12
Investments in our future like the Foundation building, HQ of our charitable projects 9
A spectacular home for education – The Core 16
Warehouse, gatehouse, waste compound, Arena 4
Dreams cost money Total: 140

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