I confess that before visiting Cornwall I half-expected it’s picture-perfect towns and dramatic coastlines to be few and far between and I feared it might look disappointingly like the rest of England. For most of our trip we used a car from Blackbird Care Hire so we covered a fair amount of the county and I’m pleased to report it really is all winding country lanes, teeny fishing villages, and stunning natural landscapes! So, it makes sense that Cornwall is home to lots of flora- and fauna-related things to do; as well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan we visited the Eden Project, a registered charity that aims to inform, transform, and research (in the greenest possible way).
The site’s main attractions are the ‘biomes’, one of which is the world’s largest rainforest ‘in captivity’ and the other contains plants, fruits and vegetables from the Mediterranean. The rainforest biome was my favourite: I found the exotic flowers surreal-y beautiful and learnt a lot about tropical fruits and plants such as Cola (high five if you can guess what that’s used for) and cocoa. The ‘sensitive plant’ a.k.a. Mimosa Pudica was also totally fascinating – this video of it in action demonstrates why!
Besides being an interesting afternoon out I found the Eden Project really thought-provoking. For example, I learnt that an area of rainforest the same size as the biome is destroyed every 10 seconds. I’m passionate about the environment so statistics like that make me so sad/angry – hopefully projects like Eden will help re-educate us so we can act more responsibly and take better care of our planet!
It wasn’t all scary stats though: I was astonished to learn that Eden is also home to a stage which hosts comedy nights and gigs during the summer! It was pretty devastating to find out that next month’s Blink 182 gig is sold out – what a brilliant excuse to return to Cornwall that would’ve been! I’m sure I’ll be able to think of another though…