This authentic Cornish landscape with wild flowers is in a tranquil spot on the Slopes of Earthly Treasures in our Outdoor Gardens.
High up on the brim of the Eden Project pit, and with great views over our bustling Biomes, our Wild Cornwall area takes you through quiet paths bordered with bramble, budding oak, willow, ash and hazel. Traditional stone walls, wild flowers, ferns and Neolithic-looking rocks give a real feeling of being out in the wild countryside. Look out for stone carvings emerging from the moss and lichen.
We created this area to demonstrate the wealth of Cornwall’s landscapes, habitats and wildlife.
Cornish hedges: These mini-mountains of soil and rock are shady, sunny, dry and moist, all at the same time. They offer a home to dormice, toads, slow worms, beetles and thousands of other invertebrates. Can you spot our three different styles of traditional Cornish hedge? Look out for stone carvings, amongst the hedgerows, of some of Cornwall’s most at-risk plants, such as gentian.
Atlantic woodland: Found on the South West coast, these are one of the least disturbed of our semi-natural habitats. Trees such as native oak, willow, ash and hazel are pruned by the wind, dwarfed by the poor soil, and clothed in ferns, mosses and lichens thanks to the clean air. Some of our oak trees were made out of metal by Kate Munro – can you spot them?
Cornish heathland: They once provided fodder for our animals and fuel for our fires. Today they give us health for our minds, fresh air for our lungs, and sometimes even free-range meat. Lowland heathland is rarer than rainforest, as much of it disappears each year through non-management.
Chris Drury’s Cloud Chamber
Wild Cornwall is home to all sorts of creative pieces of work, including land artist Chris Drury’s Cloud Chamber (pictured above), made from 120 tonnes of Cornish slate. The work is sited on the end of a large granite wall, which together with a parallel wall forms a cut lane. You walk down this tunnel of a lane and into a passageway in the wall and thus into a small inner chamber with two seats. Via a lens in the ceiling a pool of clouds is projected onto a tipped screen on the floor.
Jenny Beavan’s Cores
At the gateway to Wild Cornwall, down by The Mine exhibit, you’ll see clay totems punctuating the landscape like silver birches. Created by local ceramic artist Jenny Beavan, they’re made from a mix of clays, turning from dark to light at their tips, and are impressed with seeds, unfurling ferns and flowers collected from Eden.
The blue glaze was chosen to symbolise water and its importance at the Eden project site; from the original dramatic geological changes, to the china clay extraction processes and now for today’s thriving plant life at Eden.
In Jenny’s words, ‘Cores tell the true story of time, material and the place beneath our feet. They speak of millions of years tracing Earth’s massive geological upheaval, leading us through to the transition of life from the simplest form to today’s rich complexity.’
Place a bronze leaf in Wild Cornwall
Our Eden bronze leaves make the perfect gift in memory to help you celebrate a special person or occasion. Cast directly from a leaf of your choice, they're placed in this beautiful, quiet area on the Eden site. Find out more.