We decided on balance, we’d rather be warm and wet than cold and wet, so we didn’t linger outside in the grounds of The Eden Project, we went in to the rainforest biome,
It took a while for my lens to clear and even then, it was hard to capture the scale, I’ll settle for telling you it is massive.
The Rainforest Biome covers about 16,000m² and is 50m high – you could fit the Tower of London inside it! The structure weighs 465 tonnes and contains 426 tonnes of air (dry air at standard temperature and pressure).
You can walk along the canopy walkway, taking you high amongst the tree tops.
Beautiful orchids amongst the lush foliage.
This reminded Mr Uphilldowndale and I of our visit to Borneo, many many moons ago, we were privileged to stay in a tribal longhouse; I wonder, and worry if that part of the world still has it’s rainforest.
We ambled around in and amongst a party of lovely school children from Gordano school, who were having a ball.
Their teachers told us The Eden Project has exceptional educational materials for the kids to use. We waited our turn to go up, right to the very top with them, Mr Uphilldowndale was not keen about the height,
But he was determined, he stayed in the centre of the platform, whilst I had a peek over the side, it was a long way down,
In this shot you can see the next batch of children patiently waiting to come up (not the place for overcrowding!)
The platform and the steps are suspended from the roof by wire ropes, so the steps sway a little, nothing too dramatic, but enough to slow down even a teenager!
A magical place.