Visits to the southwestern corner of the United Kingdom are always special courtesy of the rolling hills and Tolkien-esque landscape but it was something else that made this trip to Cornwall so otherworldly.

We all know that Planet earth is having problems. Or more accurately, WE are causing Planet Earth problems. The Eden Project is so refreshing in that they have taken some of the damage people have done to the Earth’s surface and turned it into something beautiful.

In 1995 the site was a large gaping hole in the landscape left by a china clay mine and today it is a thriving ecological park and educational centre that features two large biomes; one Rainforest and one Mediterranean. When you enter each you’re immediately transported to another part of the globe, complete with wildlife and local architecture. The rest of the site features sculptures, wildflowers and endless seasonal highlights.

One of my personal favourite things about the project was the on-site bee hives. It was so lovely to see pollinators thriving in a habitat that had been crafted with care for them to enjoy. In the past few years you may have heard that the bees are dying out. Factors including loss of habitat, climate change, herbicides and chemicals are part of what has been labelled Colony Collapse Disorder (CDD) and is killing our bees. A world without these little fuzzy pollinators would be both unrecognisable and unsustainable. It’s a world I hope I never see. All of the factors I listed above are completely within our control and helping to combat them can be as easy as providing a shallow water source for the bees to drink from, using alternative weed killers like vinegar and planting a pollinator friendly garden full of wildflowers for the bees to enjoy.

I’ve got my wildflower seeds at the ready because there is no Planet B.

Fleur Zanna

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