Eden Project


Last updated: 2 October 2017

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Address and contact details
The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, Cornwall, UK
Tel: 01726 811900
Fax: 01726 811912
Web site: www.edenproject.com
Latitude: 50° 18' 28" N
Longitude: 4° 47' 22" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1997
Ownership:Eden Trust
Garden code:EDEN
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork
Personnel
Chief Executive: Gordon Seabright
Director of Horticulture: Mike Maunder
Contact person: Mike Maunder
Total Staff:395 full-time equiv.
Total Horticultural Staff:37 plus 7 scientific
Policies
Accessions:Yes, Apply to Curator
Collections:Yes, Apply to Curator
Physical environment
Altitude:80 m
Soil type:Artificial soils consisting of sand, composted greenwaste/composted bark and lignitic clay on top of china clay and bedrock.
Aspect:In a 60 m deep pit, south facing
Total area:Area of pit 15 ha, Area of site 50 ha.
Area heated:2,5130 m²
Other sites of collection:Watering Lane Nursery
Weather recordsRecords kept
Plant collection
Families:231
Genera:1610
Species:4337
Taxa:6949
Accessions:10469
Plants:1399707
Notable plants within the collection:
Hold a large collection of ethno-botanical plants, not as individual plants, but group planted.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Covers three of thew world's climate zones Humid Tropics (Malaysia, Oceanic Isl;ands, Seycehelles and St. Helena endemics, Amazonia, West Africa and crops of the tropics), Warm Temperate (Circum-Mediterranean, California, South Africa and crops of the tropics) and Temperate (Cultivated European Flora, Steppe and Prairies, Wild Cornwall and crops of Temperate climates).
Special collections:
ICCP International Conifer Conservation Programme, ex-situ collection of plants from Chile. – 55 Genera, 83 Species, 87 Taxa.
Musa spp. (INIBAP)
Ananas spp. (USDA)
Oryza spp. (IRRI)
Zea spp. (CYMMIT)
Record Keeping:Kept since 1997
Computerised
Record System:BG-Base
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Limited, for botanical painting only so far (Eden Florilegium Society)
Library:Limited
Research facilities:No
Publications:Yes
Identifications:Yes
Teaching and Education:Yes, association with Duchy College in teaching of ND and Foundation Horticulture Degree; also supervision of PhD students.
Interpretation:Speciality in arts and performance-based interpretation. Use of guides and signage, the latter is held on a database.
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Yes
Access to the collections
Access conditions:Apply to curator
Public access:Entry fee applies
Visitors per year:Approx. 1 million
Public opening hours:From October 30 to March 25 the gates open at 10am and close at 4.30pm with the last entry at 3pm. From March 26 to October 28 the gates open at 9am, the site at 9.15am and we close at 6pm with the last entry at 4.30pm.
Guiding principles behind the collection
To celebrate, study and promote an understanding of the complex and critical relationship between people, plants and resources, and to enable us individually and collectively, both locally and globally, to manage this relationship to secure a balance between the productivity needed to improve the quality of human life while assuming responsibility for the stewardship of nature.
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