Due to current heavy snowfall the Eden Project closes at 2pm today (18 March), rather than the usual 4pm. This is for the safety of visitors and staff in case paths and roads become hazardous.

Why plants are important

The picture below shows how important plants are to everyone. Through a process called photosynthesis, plants use energy in sunlight to turn a gas called carbon dioxide and water into sugar. Plants then use this sugar to grow. At the same time, plants produce a gas called oxygen as a waste product, which is lucky for us and other animals because we need oxygen to breathe!

Photosynthesis diagram for kids

Click on the image below to see and download a printable PDF version.