Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 13:03

One of the first Eden Project staff members is retiring after 12 years driving the land train at the home of the famous Biomes.

Malcolm Perkins, 64, joined Eden in April 2000 at the start of the project’s first recruitment drive and helped transport hundreds of thousands of visitors around the building site that would become the Eden Project.

By the time Eden opened fully in March 2001, Malcolm had been promoted to supervisor of the seven-strong land train team. The train is comprised of a tractor pulling a number of carriages and provides a vital transport link between Eden’s Visitor Centre and pit.

Malcolm is known for his distinctive West Midlands accent and enthusiasm for all things Eden. He and his team have ferried numerous high-profile people around Eden, including the Queen and Prince Charles.

In 2001, Malcolm visited 10 Downing Street for an event promoting the government’s New Deal jobs scheme where he met the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, who commented on his Bugs Bunny tie.

Malcolm also met his artistic hero Rolf Harris when the painter and TV presenter visited Eden as part of the launch of the Colour Explosion event in 2005.

Malcolm said: “Eden is a fantastic place, I’ve always loved it and truly believe in the work it does. I’m always encouraging people to come to Eden.

“It’s always been my aim as supervisor to have the best team within Eden, who deliver brilliant customer service to all our visitors and give them the best possible experience during their short ride on the land train. I’ve always tried to remember that first and last impressions are very important.”

Malcolm lives with his wife Jennifer near Luxulyan. They plan to retire to Bournemouth.