A project grown from an Acorn
The first images of Eden Project Foyle show the project centrepiece, a spectacular building known as the Acorn. The Acorn is inspired by Neolithic architecture and connected with a network of walkways.
Inside the Acorn would be a performance area and play spaces. Visitors would be able to walk on the roof and take zipwires down to the walkways. The structure would be nestled within the trees and inspired by the forest, with a timber and thatch construction which is light, efficient and low-carbon.
It is thought that the Acorn would become the biggest undercover play area in Europe.
Did you know?
The Eden Project Foyle site measures 100 hectares (250 acres) and incorporates 2.5km (1.5m) of the River Foyle’s bank, making it 8 times bigger than the Eden Project in Cornwall.
A Garden of Eden
Beyond the Acorn, plans for the site include productive gardens that showcase the best of Northern Ireland food and drink to stepped ponds, sunken labyrinths, futuristic roof gardens, and a nature-based play experience.
The spaces provide a range of sanctuaries and enclosures to discover, explore and get lost in. Each space to be joined together by weaving pathways, floating boardwalks, rope bridges, slides and zip-wires to form the world’s most playful landscape.
Brook Hall and Boom Hall
Brook Hall is the ancestral home of Dr John Gilliland OBE, a farmer and specialist in climate change and biomass.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of John and his forebears, Brook Hall is already home to a world-class arboretum and beautiful walled gardens.
Boom Hall is a now-derelict building which was built in the 18th century. It took its name from its proximity to the point where ships breached the boom across the Foyle, built during the Siege of Derry in 1689.
It is predicted that Eden Project Foyle would attract 400,000 visitors every year and would make a significant contribution to the regeneration of Derry~Londonderry generating an annual £62m of economic impact and supporting 2,233 jobs within the local economy.