Friday, February 1, 2019 - 14:45

Eden Project staff made a massive effort today to clear away ice and snow in preparation for a major new exhibition about the ocean life opening tomorrow.

Like much of Cornwall and Devon, Eden was hit by a big snowfall late on Thursday afternoon which turned roads and paths treacherous.

This forced a rare weather-related closure today (Friday February 1) but thanks to a big team effort by staff from a wide variety of teams who managed to get to work and a thaw due to a rise in temperatures, managers now firmly hope to open tomorrow.

Gordon Seabright, CEO of the Eden Project, said: “We’d like to say sorry to anyone who planned to visit today but we had to close because the ice on the paths made the site unsafe.

“We have miles of roads and paths so hats off to the team for clearing the ice and snow away today ready for our big day tomorrow.”

Some staff and visitors who could not drive away from Eden on Thursday stayed over at the YHA hostel on the site.

Tomorrow sees the beginning of a weekend of marine-themed activities at Eden to mark the launch of a stunning visual and audio installation revealing the invisible life in the world’s oceans.

Inivisible Worlds Ocean: Plankton Chronicles by Christian Sardet & The Macronauts features magnificent photography that explores the beauty and diversity of plankton.

Weird and wonderful creatures from microscopic bacteria to fish larvae to jellyfish, plankton perform a range of vital life-giving services but many are under severe threat because of climate change.