Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:30

The Eden Project yesterday (Monday January 28) announced that it is aiming to reduce its annual costs by £2 million.
Staff have been informed that up to 70 jobs could be lost at the Eden site near St Austell, Cornwall.  A statutory consultation process is due to begin tomorrow (Wednesday January 30). 
Eden currently has 445 full-time equivalent jobs. The job losses are planned across all areas of its operation.
Far fewer visitors came to Cornwall in 2012 due to a combination of the Olympics, poor summer and autumn weather and the lasting effects of the recession.

This, coupled with enormous pressure on income in the charity sector and the well-documented challenges of fundraising in the current economic climate have made it necessary to make substantial cuts to the cost base.
In a letter to all staff, Sir Tim Smit, Eden's Chief Executive, Development, said of the pending job losses:  "No sugar-coated pill will ease the anguish for those affected, all we can say to those of you who will be leaving is thank you so much for all you have given Eden and we hope you will depart feeling a great deal of pride in all you have achieved in creating a very special place, for now and for the future."

In November 2012, the Eden Project won the Best UK Leisure Attraction category at the British Travel Awards for the second year running following a public vote.