Friday, July 9, 2010 - 11:12

The biggest greenhouses in the world played host to the longest picnic table* today (Friday July 9).

A grassy roof between the iconic Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes at the Eden Project in Cornwall was the setting for the 48m (157.5ft) long picnic for a 100 people and a dog.

The spectacular feast was designed to be a “starter” for the Big Lunch, which encourages everyone in Britain to sit down with their neighbours in a simple act of community and friendship. The second annual Big Lunch is on Sunday week, July 18 (2010).

Peter Stewart, Eden’s Campaigns and Communications Director, said: “The Big Lunch has grown out of an idea at Eden so what better way to remind everyone about it than to stage our own on the roof. This is of course just for starters. The main course will be when many thousands of people the length and breadth of Britain do their own thing on July 18.

”Lunches big and small are happening around the country and, even though the event takes place in just over a week it’s not too late to organise a simple gathering with your neighbours.”

To sign up to run your own Big Lunch and to play an exclusive Aardman Digital Shaun the Sheep game with a chance to win a family weekend break in Cornwall, see

*The makers of a 46m (151ft) picnic table in Dufur, Oregon, USA, have laid claim to it being the world’s longest.