Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 13:16

Dog lovers are being invited to bring their pets to the Eden Project for the first time over the weekend of May 18 and 19.

Up until then only registered assistance dogs have been allowed in but due to popular demand Eden has now decided to relax the rules for that weekend only.

Dogs will be able to enjoy the miles of paths within the former china clay quarry but won’t be allowed in the Biomes or other undercover areas. There will be other activities including a display by a police dog-handler.

Eden’s Operations Director Ian Williams said: “Dog Weekend at Eden is a great opportunity for people to bring in their dogs and enjoy the beautiful open space we have to offer.

“Research has shown that the South West of England is equal top in the country (along with the North East) when it comes to dog ownership and we know that a quarter of all visitors who come to Cornwall bring their dog with them – that’s more than one million people a year. 

“Dogs are part of the family and this weekend (May 18 and 19) is a time when owners will be able to come to Eden and for no extra charge bring their dogs in for the first time.”

Eden has always endeavoured to be dog friendly by providing shaded parking shelters in four car parks. The shelters in Orange car park have a water tap, and stewards supply water to the other three car parks, Melon, Cherry and Lemon.

Ian Williams added: “Lots of visitors have asked us if we would consider letting dogs in. We will see how Dog Weekend at Eden goes and how it is well received by dog owners and general visitors and will then make a call on whether we have more dog days in the future.”

Dog litter bins and drinking water will be provided on May 18 and 19. Eden is confident dogs will behave but is applying a few ground rules for owners.

Dogs should be:

•    Kept on a lead at all times.
•    With their handlers at all times.
•    Only be walked on paths.
•    Kept away from play areas.
•    Not taken into buildings other than through the Visitor Centre.