Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 18:00

TV personality Ben Fogle flew the Olympic Flame high above the canopy of the world’s biggest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project at the start of its 70-day journey across the UK today (Saturday, May 19).

The Flame arrived in convoy at Eden near St Austell, Cornwall, and was handed to presenter, writer and adventurer Ben who held the lit torch aloft on a platform overlooking the world famous Biomes before jogging down through large crowds in the spectacular global garden. The Flame was then transferred into a safety lantern and Ben headed for the Rainforest where he was harnessed under Eden’s helium balloon to soar nearly 50 meters up above the trees.

Ben Fogle said: “That was one of the most amazing experiences. As I ran through the Eden Project there were crowds of people and roars of appreciation. The balloon in the Rainforest rose to the top of the Biome and it was extraordinary looking out on a sea of people and all the plants below. It felt very special and I was very proud to be part of it.”

Gaynor Coley, Eden’s Chief Executive, Enterprise said: “What a day for Cornwall, the UK and for the Eden Project.  To be among the first places to witness this extraordinary spectacle was a moment we will remember forever.

“The rousing welcome that Cornwall gave the Olympic Flame shows the true spirit of this special place to the rest of the world. Ben was beautiful the Biomes were beautiful, it was a Cornish gold medal of a day.”