With an idea from Tim Smith, the architectural skill from Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and the construction team, amongst many other part takers, the Eden Project came to life.
The Eden Project is a massive site, consisting of 2 Bio Domes (shown within the photo). One growing and demonstrating tropical plants like bananas and coffee. The other with plants originated from the Mediterranean with olives and a variety of grapevines.
As well as the exotic plants, the Bio Domes are surrounded by a third garden, full of local plants and vegetables able to grow in the south of England. This garden grows things like lavender, tea and sunflowers.
The visitor centre was the first section of the site to be opened for the public in 2000. The entire site eventually opened mid-March 2001 with the purpose to demonstrate the relationship between plants and people. A few years later (2005), an education centre with classrooms and exhibitions helped spread the message and teach people the importance of it.
The Eden project is very environmentally friendly, the only water they use fresh is for washing and cooking within the grounds. Other than that, the water used to create the humidity and toilet facilities is collected from the quarry and sanitised before use. Not only this but the energy used comes from the local wind turbines.