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A Visit to Cornwall by John Killick


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ORMALLY I TRY TO TELL YOU OF LITTLE KNOWN PLACES SO, just for a change, I am going to give you an insight into two very well-known ones! So, when visiting Cornwall, one must visit the Eden Project, they don't come much bigger than that, that is unless it is the Lost Gardens of Heligan?


The Eden Project For those that haven't visited it is two huge greenhouses built in the bottom of an old china clay pit. That description must immediately bring on warnings to any disabled person? Stop worrying, this is an international venue, they have it covered. Disabled parking is close to the information/ticket/shop/cafe building. In this building, there are also good disabled toilet facilities, these also exist across the site as do the cafe facilities. The inside of the pit has been landscaped into huge gardens. Those huge biome-domes are however at the bottom! Fear not! follow the path to the right as you leave the reception building and you will find a lift. If you are walking, there is also both a stepped and a ramped access which are well worth using. These ramps or steps lead you down through those lovely gardens. If you feel that you can make it then I suggest walk down and use the lift to get back up. On entering the main biome-dome building you will find cafe’s and toilet facilities as well as kiosks


Inside the Topic Biome showing ramped walkways


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selling ice-cream and drinks. When ready to proceed you need to be on the upper floor. It is from here that you will find access to the biome-domes. I visited the jungle biome-dome


Inside the Tropic Biome at the Eden Project


first. Both biome-domes are completely accessible including the rope bridges up in the canopy. However, it is all ramps, you are going to require a power chair/scooter or strong gorilla to do the pushing!!! (Power scooters and wheelchairs plus personal assistants are available free. I


recommend that you make arrangements in advance by ringing 01726 818558 or e-mail ccorbett@edenproject.com). The jungle Biome-dome is, as in real jungles,


high on both heat and humidity. You have been warned. There is a juice selling facility inside, fortunately, as if you are anything like me, going to need to take on liquids! I found this biome to be the most interesting. The other depicts conditions in the Med. Much less humidity and after the beauty of the Jungle I found rather


disappointing.


Author with the giant bee in the Eden Project Gardens


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