Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 16:30

The Eden Project celebrated the vital role of its volunteers with a special breakfast today (Friday June 7).

The event in the Link restaurant between the Biomes came towards the end of National Volunteering Week.

Eden’s 160-strong team of volunteers work in many areas within its grounds such as horticulture, hospitality, events, estates, communities, lunch clubs, walking groups, admin support and car parking.

Others also work at the Eden Nursery near Pentewan. In total, volunteers worked 15,000 hours last year at the project.

The breakfast prepared by Eden’s chefs gave the volunteers the chance to all get together and share stories about their work.

Dawn George, Eden’s Director of HR,  thanked them for all they do, as well as acknowledging those who had reached key milestones, such as 10, 15 or 20 years of  service, by giving them a unique pin badge and certificate.

Dawn said: “Eden has a strong team of regular volunteers who are very much part of the fabric of the Eden People Team.

“Our committed volunteers work across all areas, providing their skills, experience and support to a diverse range of programmes. Without them we would not be able to offer the variety of things we do.

“People volunteer for many reasons and come from a wide range of backgrounds.  From an Eden perspective we are privileged to have them volunteer alongside us. As part National Volunteer Week we would like to offer a huge ‘thank you’ to these essential volunteers.”

A number of the volunteering roles involve direct contact with the public and have been invaluable to the project in improving customer experience.

An example of this is the access team, who assist and guide visitors with mobility and sensory issues to make sure they have a positive experience during their time at Eden.

Lorraine Reid, Volunteer Officer at Eden, said: “We are so grateful to all of our wonderful volunteers who do so much at Eden. One of our volunteers said recently ‘Eden is so beautiful, who wouldn’t you want to be here?’”

For more information on being a volunteer at Eden, visit www.edenproject.com/get-involved/volunteer or contact Lorraine Reid on lreid@edenproject.com.

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