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Cornwall, England pictures (Heligan & Eden Project botanical gardens)(18 photos)

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by jrwallace, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. jrwallace


    May 19, 2008
    Surrey, England

    (First go at posting pictures here, hopefully works OK.)

    A couple of weeks ago we had a week's holiday near St Austell in Cornwall (England). Here are the places we visited and some pics.

    Lost Gardens of Heligan (Map)

    These gardens to a country estate were developed from 1766 to 1914. During the First World War they fell into disrepair as the house was used as a hospital, trees cut for the war effort, thereafter the house was rented out and turned into flats. The extensive gardens were "lost". In 1990 they were discovered by Tim Smith and restoration started, with the first phase being complete in 1997. Since then further sections have been restored.

    The lower section of the gardens is a tropical forest, "The Jungle":

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    The upper section of the gardens are in several sections, including areas where plants are grown, including:

    "The Mellon Yard":
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    "The Flower Garden":

    Bee Hives
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    and a vegetable garden
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    You'll have gathered by the lousy descriptions I'm not a gardener nor a botanist but this was a very pleasant place to visit: a nice cream tea (a cup of tea plus a scone with jam and clotted cream) halfway through walking around the gardens made it more enjoyable.

    The Eden Project (Map)

    Driven by the creator of the Heligan garden, the Eden project was created in a former china clay pit near St Austell. A good description of what it is about comes from the guide book:

    "Built in an old clay pit...showing that degraded environments can be fixed.
    Colonised with plants...showing we're all part of nature, not apart from it.
    A symbol of hope...showing what can be achieved when people work together.
    Exploring how to sustain the environment that sustains all of us...
    to survive and thrive!"

    The project was conceived in the early 1990s, planning commenced in 1994, construction in 1998 and it opened in 2001. The clay pit was 60m deep, with no soil, 15m below the water table and the size of 35 football pitches.

    The project is split into three "biomes", the outdoor biome, the rainforest biome and the mediterranean biome. Throughout the project there were sculptures and exhibits with an ecological and sustainability message.

    Overview of the project:
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    Outdoor biome:


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    Rainforest biome:
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    Mediterranean Biome
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    It was a really good day out, and everything there was really well done, not at all cheesey and they are trying to get across a serious ecological message and promoting initiatives like fairtrade fruit. Unfortunately, the eco message somewhat diluted by the traffic jam getting there! We went on a rainy day and every tourist in Cornwall must have been there. So there was a lot of queuing but if you are visiting Cornwall then it is a must see, I'd say.

    Anyway, that's enough for now. If you've liked the pics above and are interested in seeing more please look at my Cornwall 2009 gallery

    If you're interested, I'll make another post later with some of the other places we visited. I hope you've enjoyed this and feel free to make comments either here on in the guestbook in my gallery.


  2. Nicely done Jon, I think I recall seeing that on a Travel Channel show, with Samantha Brown. Is there a zip line on the property?
  3. Very nice Travelogue, Jon - just the sort of thing the "Wanderlust " forum was created for. Thanks for posting.
  4. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Hi. Lovely photographs, I went to Eden a couple of years back and it makes for a really great day out. Some of my relatives have been to Heligan but I'm yet to visit myself.

    By the way, I notice you're new around here. Welcome! It's good to have another UK member.
  5. jrwallace


    May 19, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Thank you for the kind comments.

    Aqualung - by "zip line" do you mean an aerial ropeway? If so then no then I'm pretty sure there isn't.
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  6. I recently visited the Eden Project. I thought it was awesome, but the humidity of the rain forest immediately fogged up the lens on my 24-70. I snapped a few in the Mediterranean biome though.

    What a neat place!
  7. jrwallace


    May 19, 2008
    Surrey, England
    Yeah, that's what happened to me too! After the outdoor biome we went into the rainforest biome and both my lenses fogged up straight way. I ended up going back into the rainforest biome and rushing around to take some pics after we'd been in the Mediterranean one and it was alright. I guess the gradual adjustment in temperature avoided the condensation.

    The Mediterranean biome I thought was nowhere near as impressive as the rainforest one though being less humid was a lot less tiring to walk around.


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