None of our work and successes would be possible without the generosity of our donors and supporters. Maintaining a strong and diverse financial base is crucial to preserving the Eden Trust’s independence and credibility.
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 people 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|
Our recent funding
Many other supporters have played a part in our development since Eden Project opened in 2001. During the financial year 2015-2016 the following funders provided financial support to a variety of our charitable projects.
ASDC / AsusTek (UK) / Big Lottery Fund (Big Local) / Big Lottery Fund (The Big Lunch) / Blue Pegg / Buro Happold / Department of Communities and Local Government / Eddie George Memorial Fund / Exeter University / Eranda Foundation / Halifax / Pukka / Renault / Seasalt / Sky Rainforest Rescue / St Austell Brewery / Wellcome Trust / Woodford Investment Management (Neil Woodford and Craig Newman)