Eden Project Foyle
Eden Project Foyle is a world-class tourism and heritage led regeneration project, opening access to 225 acres garden that in 2023 will unlock the landscape along the river Foyle for 400,000 visitors each year, exploiting a connection to more than 400 years of the city’s history and generating £62 million each year for the local economy. At the heart of Eden Project Foyle, an ambitious project for an important site in Derry~Londonderry, is Foyle River Gardens Charitable Trust, a local Educational Charity, and Eden Project International, a globally recognised regeneration project.
Eden Project Foyle delivers a transformational vision for the Boom Hall and Brook Hall sites turning them into a stunning visitor destination and a home for research and learning.
Our site overlooks one of the world’s most beautiful rivers and is home to magnificent heritage landscapes and buildings and include some of the largest walled gardens in Europe. There is an opportunity to transform the walled gardens and spaces into a collection of experiences and journeys across the site.
From productive gardens that showcase the best of Northern Ireland food and drink to stepped ponds, sunken labyrinths, futuristic roof gardens, and a nature-based play experience, the spaces provide a range of sanctuaries and enclosures to discover, explore and get lost in. Each space to be joined together by weaving pathways, floating boardwalks, rope bridges, slides and zip-wires to form the world’s most playful landscape.
At its centre will we create a large indoor playspace. Inspired by nature, this instantly recognisable space emerging from the trees will be called The Acorn. The space will be a mix of nature-based play and treetop walkways, with the Acorn structure itself providing an architectural showpiece (the initial concepts are pictured above).
Aims of the project
In addition to providing a wide range of social and environmental benefits to the North West, Eden Project Foyle aims, by 2023, to:
- create a world-class, year-round, iconic tourist attraction attracting 400,000 visitors per annum
- make a significant contribution to the regeneration of Derry/Londonderry generating £62.3m GVA per annum economic impact locally and supporting 2,233 jobs within the local economy
- open up 225 acres of previously inaccessible land to the general public
- create 8km of riverside trails and connect the site to the City and Wild Atlantic Way
- bring three historic walled gardens and an 18th-century icehouse back into use
- enhance 15,000 sq.ft. of historic buildings
- establish educational partnerships with Higher and Further Educational establishments to help support research and training opportunities on the site with a focus on ecology, the environment and wellbeing
- inaugurate Eden Project Foyle as part of Eden’s family of globally transformative projects linking China, USA, England and Ireland.
Plans for the space
The Eden Team and its local partners, Foyle River Gardens, will be working hard with local stakeholders and other attractions in Derry and Donegal, enabling Eden Project Foyle to take its rightful place as one of the great jewels on any visit to Ireland.
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