Date: 
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:30

 

Following a successful pilot weekend last month (May), the Eden Project has decided to open its doors to dogs every day. Before that, only registered assistance dogs have been allowed in but due to popular demand Eden has decided to relax the rules.

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, apart from the Visitor Centre (including the ticketing hall and shop).

The project is installing dedicated dog waste bins and will have water available for all four-legged visitors. Outdoor undercover dining areas where dogs are allowed are also available.

Gaynor Coley, Executive Director of the Eden Project, said: “We had some excellent feedback from visitors who brought their dogs to Eden during our pilot weekend so we’re very pleased to be able to offer this full time from June 15.

“People have been asking us for years if we’d considering letting dogs in and there is a significant demand. According to research, the South West of England is equal top in the country with the North East when it comes to dog ownership.

“In addition to this, a quarter of all visitors who come to Cornwall bring their dog with them and we’re happy to be able to make Eden accessible to them and their canine companions in time for the summer.”

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 the Visitor Centre.

Aggressive dogs are not permitted into the Eden Project. Eden reserves the right to refuse entry to, or remove, any dog thought to be dangerous to visitors or other dogs. Owners should stick to the number one rule of ensuring all dog mess is promptly and properly disposed of in the special bins provided.

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.

Dogs will be admitted to Eden from Saturday June 15 at no extra charge.