Height Night: Eden Project climbers to become first to camp on top of Biome
A team of daredevil climbers is preparing to camp on the roof of the Eden Project’s 50m-high Rainforest Biome for the first time ever tomorrow night (Saturday).
Eden Project rope access technicians Jamie Robson, Craig Lewis and Dave Paul will be spending the night in a specially-designed aerial tent they have pitched on the highest point of the Biome.
They will be taking part in the global Big Canopy Campout, an annual event where hundreds of forest adventurers sleep in the trees on one night to protect the world's vanishing forests.
Other members of the Eden team will be marking the event by camping on Eden’s Rainforest Lookout, a metal platform suspended from the roof inside the Rainforest Biome, and in hammocks in other areas of the Biome.
Eden took part in the Big Canopy Campout for the first time last year, when members of the team slept in aerial tents, known as portaledges, suspended on ropes from the roof of the Rainforest Biome.
Jamie Robson said: “It’s great to be part of the Big Canopy Campout once again and we’re really excited about camping on the roof of the Rainforest Biome. We hope that we can help raise awareness of the importance of rainforest conservation.
“It was quite a challenge to pitch the tent on the roof of the Biome but I think it’s going to be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
Catherine Cutler, Eden’s Horticultural Team Lead for the Biomes, said: “Eden is home to the biggest rainforest in captivity and is the closest many people in the UK will get to experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the tropical forests for themselves. Appreciating the environment first-hand is a vital part of understanding the importance of this amazing eco-system.
“We’re very pleased to be involved in the inspirational Big Canopy Campout which highlights the majesty and diversity of forests and works to protect critically endangered forest.”
For more information on the Big Canopy Campout, see www.thebigcanopycampout.com. For more information on the Eden Project, see www.edenproject.com.