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overwhelmed in eden

A visit to Cornwall has been on my to-do list for the longest time. I’ve heard so much about its isolated wilderness, I wanted to see it for myself. And with a rental car and my trusty companion/navigator at my side, I set off over the Easter weekend to get a taste of the wild country.

First stop was a half day visit to theĀ Eden Project. Although aware of the project due to its high profile within the UK as an innovative eco tourist destination, I hadn’t paid it much thought prior to our visit. And I was completely overwhelmed by the enormity of the place. It’s HUGE!!! The biomes are gigantic, and appear even larger once you’re inside. With outside temperatures hovering around 1-2 degrees Celsius (that’s right, like the rest of Northern Europe, our winter is never-ending!) we headed straight to the tropical biome to bask in the tropical warmth.

I’ve found it difficult to capture any sense of the place in just a few photos (and most of those I have are close-ups as focusing in on detail was the only way I managed to cope with so much to take in!), but here are some of my favourites. Enjoy!!

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I can’t remember the names of any of these plants – except for the ginger (its the flower that looks a bit like a frilly protea).

If you ever get the chance, go and explore the Eden Project. Its awesome!!

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eco garden

Last year my friends and I ventured south of the river for the Cheese and Wine Festival on London’s Southbank. It turned out we got the dates wrong, so we missed out. We managed to go this weekend, and the food, coffee and cakes were amazing. But if I’m honest, what I enjoyed most about the whole adventure was discovering the attractive eco garden and green walls set up on the stairs leading up to the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Alpine plants, ferns, grasses, strawberries, and herbs, all in a native-style planting requiring next to no maintenance. They must have looked stunning through the summer, but the autumn colours were also attractive.

I’ve seen a few green walls this year, including at the Olympics where they were used to cover temporary structures, however we definitely need more eco gardens and green walls!!