I’ve just come back from a holiday in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. In Cornwall we visited The Eden Project and Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle is where the myths say that King Arthur was born. Unfortunately it’s a ruin now, which commands spectacular views of the Cornish coasts. I enjoyed climbing around the ruins, but at 5ft 2” with short legs I had trouble with some of the steps, which are cut very deep.

The Eden Project was another matter. If you are at all sensitive to the spirit of the land, don’t go there because there isn’t any. The Eden Project was built on a quarry site, they carted in soil (which didn’t come from the local area) so they could grow these exotic plants (which of course, also didn’t come from the local area). To me, the land of The Eden Project feels like a coffin.

The Eden Project is a charity devoted to the conservation of exotic species of plants. This is all very well and good, but what about our plants such as cowslips and primroses, which are either in decline or on the endangered list. We should be doing more for them, instead of focusing on sexy exotic species. For a long while, Britain has had the mentality of “we’re alright” and “it doesn’t happen here”, while those of us with eyes to see and a brain to think with know that we’re not alright and yes, it does happen here.

The good thing about The Eden Project is that it has very good wheelchair access, but another bad point is the cost. £17 for waged and £12 for unemployed*. People (except for Sir Henry Wood when he was setting up The Proms) forget, or don’t know how little people have to live on when they are on benefits. In 2007 I got £33 per week and that had to pay for everything except the rent.

*For that money you can either buy a one-off ticket or an annual one.



  1. bushy said,

    October 5, 2010 at 1:18 am

    i live in australia and i collect and propagate my own local indigenous plants from the surrounding state forest, other people here are similarly involved in groups which plant out these seedlings through groups, i heartily recommend this to all wherever they are. Perhaps you could seek out people in your own area who are trying to conserve your land’s own vegetation too?

    • October 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      It’s a good idea, but will have to be put on the backburner as we moved house several months ago and the living room still isn’t properly sorted out.

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