Eden Project, Cornwall

Designs were invited for two areas of the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall.

Apple 1 Entrance

The Apple 1 entrance is a key area linking the bus drop off area to the main walkway to the visitors centre, a prominent location that is the main entrance for many visitors.

The design was inspired by the site, Cornwall and, of course, Eden Project itself. The area has been designed to enhance the visitor experience, adding theatre and creating a sense of arrival... adding ‘wow factor’!

Eden Plan Concept Plan - Landscape Design

The use of scale is important, and many plants have been chosen due to their large foliage, or their grand scale, this is to enhance the experience of the biomes not being revealed until after coming through the Visitors Centre. The visitor is surrounded by sky skimming trees, and giant leaves, this aims to challenge the visitors perception, and make the site seem even larger, and the visitor small in comparison.

Eden Project Design - Apple 1 Entrance

The planting has been considered to strike a balance between the native planting of the outer estate and the sub-tropical ‘Cornish Jungle’ dramatic planting; from the car park native tree species create the screening, and a mixed UK native hedge borders the eastern boundary, which will restrict the bramble monopoly and importantly creates habitats for wildlife. Locally sourced boulders and rock are used along the edges and in the banks, these it is hoped will become populated with Cornish Hedge species in addition to the selected plants.

Beautiful Ferns
Tropical Swamp - Eden Project Design Concept
Eden Project Design - Apple 1 Entrance

The sub-tropical planting has not been chosen to create a theatre of plants, and add ‘wow’ to this prominent location - for many visitors this is the first and last impression of Eden.

Eden Project Design - Bus Stop Entrance

Eden Project, Cornwall

Designs were invited for two areas of the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall.

Barefoot Walk

A living theatre of plants and people

A shared experience, even if a bit yukky like walking through mud, helps bring people together and create memorable experiences. The barefoot walk has been designed to bring together plants, sensory experiences, education and interactive theatre. Helping people to connect with nature in a primeval way, the way nature intended!

Eden Project Design - Barefoot Walk Design Concept Plan
Eden Project Design - Barefoot Walk Design

As a sensory experience, it was important that the design was inclusive, and also reflecting the ethos of Eden, so there is a central path with surfaces that are challenging, but that are wheelchair accessible – signage at the beginning of the route will explain the level of difficulty. There are two additional areas that lead off the main route which are ‘soft’ surfaces, which have handrails, but due to the very nature of them would not be suitable for wheelchair access.

The various surfaces and planting for the areas have been designed together, zones that represent certain environments will be planted with species that come from or are adapted to those habitats. Plant choice has been considered with low maintenance in mind, and there is a focus on shrubs, with herbaceous and ferns that are similar to the surrounding plants, so that maintenance can easily be tied in with these areas.

As well as being a fun, sensory and interactive experience the zones are also educational, highlighting the various plant adaptations in relation to environment.

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