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Rainforest Walkway in the Rainforest Biome

Eden'sMission

We are an educational charity and social enterprise. Our global mission is to create a movement that builds relationships between people and the natural world to demonstrate the power of working together for the benefit of all living things.   

Twenty years ago, a group of us transformed a china clay pit in Cornwall into a living theatre of plants and people. This visitor destination, cultural venue and global garden showcases our dependence on plants and demonstrates technological ingenuity and the regeneration of landscapes and livelihoods. It was our first ‘shop window’ for the future we want to make.

Today we are a growing movement, working on and developing projects locally, nationally and internationally. Our work is underpinned by the understanding that we need to live with the grain of nature and that everything is interconnected. What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves – let’s treasure and support a world we want to live in. Join us.

Eden co-founder Sir Tim Smit on our mission

Tim's quote

Sir Tim Smit

“In the beginning the idea was very simple – let’s take a place of utter dereliction and create life in it”

Eden Project Biomes and Outdoor Gardens

Our mission explained

Find out how we bring to life our mission through horticulture exhibits, arts and culture programmes, community initiatives and education work. 

Bodelva china clay pit

Our origins

Twenty years ago, Eden Cornwall was a sterile clay pit; today it is a living landscape full of life. See where we've come from, how we've grown, and where we're going next.

Bee on cornflower with ox eye daisies

Our projects

Our growing range of projects, from local to global, aim to transform place and lives, stimulating, educating and empowering. 

Horticulturalist Colin Skelly in the Eden Project's Mediterranean Biome

The people behind Eden

Meet some of the people who make Eden what it is, from gardeners to volunteers to artists. We're all united by a passion to build relationships between people and the natural world for the benefit of all living things.