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Explore Earth's wonders at the Eden Project

Explore Earth's wonders at the Eden Project
Tall trees inside a Biome at the Eden Project

In early June, Rebecca Brennan, Head of Geography at Pocklington School, was presented with an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a personalised guided tour of what can only be described as a modern-day Eden.

The Eden Project in Cornwall is a stunning marvel, featuring enormous, futuristic Biomes that house an astonishing array of plants, animals, and landscapes sourced from all over the globe. For a geographer, this is nothing short of a dream come true, offering a multitude of immersive, side-by-side field trips in a single day - experiences that would otherwise cost a fortune and require extensive travel over weeks or even months.

The Eden Project offers a plethora of educational programs tailored for both teachers and students. However, Mrs Brennan’s visit was marked by an experience far more exceptional. She received an exclusive walking tour of the Biomes, guided by Dr Catherine Cutler, the Interim Head of Horticulture at the Eden Project, who has been stewarding these magnificent ecosystems for a number of years. The tour took place before the venue opened to the public, offering Mrs Brennan ample opportunity to explore and engage with the surroundings and pose questions without interruption. Following this bespoke tour, Rebecca had the entire afternoon to explore on her own, delving into the wonders of the Rainforest Biome - the largest enclosed rainforest in the world - the Mediterranean Biome, and the outdoor gardens. Reflecting on her experience, she described it as "an ideal complement to the GCSE Geography Living World curriculum."

green vegetation inside a biome at the Eden Project

At the core of the Eden Project's mission lies a profound commitment to conservation, embodied in its bold mission statement: “We demonstrate and inspire positive action for the planet.” While repeated headlines about environmental issues can cause fatigue or an increasing indifference, seeing the Earth’s natural beauty in all its glory can remind us that we really do live somewhere very special, and that we really should be looking after it. This is no ordinary planet, and we are no ordinary beings – but sometimes we need to discover that all over again to truly appreciate its significance.

Pocklington School and Mrs Brennan are hugely grateful to Dr Cutler and the dedicated team at the Eden Project, for their generous time and effort. May the Eden Project and its mission to showcase and protect the beauty of our natural world continue to thrive and inspire future generations!