Tourist at­trac­tion un­veils plans to build new Edens around the world

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By ROD MINCHIN

A world-fa­mous Bri­tish tourist at­trac­tion has launched an in­ter­na­tional com­pany to cre­ate sim­i­lar pro­jects across the globe.

The Eden Project is to open in China, Aus­tralia and New Zealand and has plans for the Mid­dle East and North Amer­ica.

The co-founder of the pop­u­lar Corn­wall at­trac­tion has launched the Eden Project In­ter­na­tional com­pany to turn the pro­pos­als into re­al­ity.

It plans to es­tab­lish col­lab­o­ra­tive Eden Pro­jects with part­ners across the world, fo­cus­ing on soil, wa­ter, food 0 The Eden Project is to open sites in China and Aus­tralia and bio­di­ver­sity. Sir Tim Smit, who will be ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the new com­pany, said: “Eden’s mis­sion is to ex­plore our de­pen­dence on the nat­u­ral world, to use that un­der­stand­ing to ex­cite peo- ple into de­liv­er­ing trans­for­ma­tion where they live and to ask re­ally se­ri­ous ques­tions about what a great fu­ture might look like for all of us.

“We want the new Edens to act as a heart­beat for those who feel the same way as we do and to de­velop in all of them the abil­ity to tell the sto­ries that in­spire the peo­ple who are their con­stituency.”

The Eden Project, which was built in a dis­used quarry near St Austell, opened in 2001 and has at­tracted more than 19 mil­lion vis­i­tors and gen­er­ated £1.7 bil­lion for the lo­cal econ­omy.

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