"A Day in The Garden of Eden" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Austell by Geoff_Wright
Saint Austell Travel Guide: 108 reviews and 239 photos
The South Cornish town of Saint Austell is'n really famous for anything much that I know of. It's a place that visitors usually just pass through, on their way down to Penzance, or other more interesting places. However, in 2001 all that began to change, and here follows a little story of how a rather insignificent China Clay Pit that no one had ever heard of, has been transformed into one of the Wonders of the Modern World.
Our visit was on Sunday 9th May 2004. 70 photos to follow, and lots of info too. Just be a little patient please! Thanks.
The project was to construct a botanical garden and education centre within a former china clay quarry. A sheltered micro-climate has now been created since the complex is below the surrounding ground level. The construction of enormous greenhouses (biomes) has enabled large numbers of the worldýs tropical and mediterranean species to be represented within the plantings.
The first part of the development was completed in 2001, but work is continuing on a third Biome, due to be completed in about 2005. The full story starts when you start reading the tips, below.
- Pros:A relaxing half a day out
- Cons:Rather expensive, we thought, but a one-off visit.
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