Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:00

The Eden Project has won the Green category at the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards.

Eden triumphed over fellow nominees the High Line, a garden on a section of elevated disused railway track in New York City, and See Turtles, a project that protects endangered turtles by supporting community-based conservation efforts.

The winners were voted for by the readers of National Geographic Traveller magazine and were announced in a ceremony yesterday evening (Tuesday November 24) at Le Méridien Piccadilly in London. The awards were presented by TV presenter Tim Shaw.

The winners will also be featured in the January/February issue of National Geographic Traveller.

Gordon Seabright, Managing Director of the Eden Project, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised by one of the world’s most prestigious publications and very humbled to have won ahead of such high-quality international competition.

“The Green award is a special honour because sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about and we constantly strive to do better.”

Eden composts 100 per cent of its food waste. All its electricity usage is derived from renewable energy sources.

Visitors are encouraged to separate recyclables and other waste streams at source and all staff receive sustainability training as part of their induction training. 

Gordon Seabright added: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us and congratulate all the other winners and nominees.”

Other winners included the Grand Canyon, which was named best Overseas Attraction, and Barcelona, which won the Short-Haul City category.

The Outstanding Contribution to Travel award went to the acclaimed travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux. His award was collected on his behalf by his son, the documentary film-maker Louis Theroux.

The UK edition of National Geographic Traveller was launched in December 2010, joining a worldwide family under the National Geographic Traveller brand that makes up one of the most widely read magazines in the world.

The UK edition became the 15th international edition to join the family which has already reached over 21 countries and continues the theme of All Travel, All the Time.

The National Geographic Society, founded in 1888, is the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organisation.