Friday, November 8, 2013 - 09:46

The Eden Project has won gold in two categories at this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Eden won joint-gold in the Garden of the Year and gold in the Family Fun Day Out categories. The awards were presented at a ceremony at Newquay’s Headland Hotel last night (Thursday).

Judging is carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field, selected for their impartiality, experience and suitability for each category.

Now in their 12th year, the prestigious awards hosted by Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service, and sponsored by St. Austell Brewery, cover more than 19 categories and shine the spotlight on leading tourism businesses who represent the very best the county has to offer visitors.

In the Garden of the Year category, Eden shared the gold medal with Trebah Garden in Mawnan Smith. The judges in this category commented: “Amazing premises and ethos. Eden deserves to be rewarded for its hard work and dedication.” Silver was won by The Lost Gardens of Heligan while bronze was taken by Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Gulval.

In the Family Fun Day Out category, Heartlands in Pool took the silver medal while Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park in Wadebridge won bronze. The judges commented: “The addition of the Core and the SkyWire make the Eden Project a complete, full day out… the right amount of interest and activity for one day.”

Paul Stone, Eden’s Garden Development Manager and one of the team who collected the awards on behalf of the project, said: “We’re proud and honoured to be recognised in two categories at this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards. It’s a great achievement for a garden that is only 12 years old in a county that boasts so many world-class gardens.

“These awards celebrate the best of our amazing county and we’re very glad to be part of that. Congratulations to everyone else who has won or been shortlisted for an award.”

These awards come hot on the heels of Eden’s triumph in the Best UK Leisure Attraction category of the British Travel Awards last week. This was the third year running that Eden bagged the award at the “travel Oscars”.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service and organiser of the awards, comments: “The Eden Project is more than deserving of its tremendous award success. Picking up three coveted award titles in a week is an impressive feat and is a reflection of the quality ethos that runs right through the business.

“From its commitment to sustainability and visitor engagement, to its inspired displays and diverse events, the Eden Project is a leading example of an ever evolving tourism business which has become a visitor destination in its own right.

“Through continuous updates and innovative additions the Eden Project successfully keeps visitors coming back year after year and is synonymous with Cornwall. Congratulations to everyone who makes Eden the success that it is!”

A total of 60 trophies, handcrafted in Cornwall by Jo Downs, were awarded on the night in front of 300 people from the tourism industry. Entertainment was provided by the Miracle Theatre, Kernow King and compere, Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall.

This summer Eden opened its new Rainforest Aerial Walkway and introduced thousands of tropical butterflies into the Rainforest Biome.
Following Eden’s biggest ever Harvest season featuring a wealth of celebrity chefs, its famous ice rink is now open for the winter. Over the Christmas period, Father Christmas and his reindeer will take up residence at Eden.

For more information on the Eden Project or to book tickets, ice-skating or Father Christmas experiences, see