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Eden Project unveils treetop walkway

Date Posted: 08/06/2013

The Eden Project is set to unveil its new Rainforest Aerial Walkway next month; a spectacular walkway snaking through the treetops of one of the world’s largest indoor jungles.

Next month’s opening follows a series of preview tours taking place this month, and marks the completion of the first phase of the ongoing project.

The new visitor experience at the Cornwall attraction begins at the Rainforest Basecamp, which sets the scene for the walkway experience.

The Basecamp provides an introduction from the perspective of the people who live in the rainforest and from the canopy scientists who work there.

An aerial walkway, high above the forest floor will lead groups up to the Nest; a platform boasting great views out through the treetops.

A second aerial walkway will then take visitors further through the canopy to a cliff path nestled in the back wall of the Biome.

Take to the trees on this educational experience

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s director of interpretation, said of the new attraction: “A piece of primary forest - the size of Eden’s vast indoor jungle disappears in the wild every ten seconds. Rainforests help keep us alive wherever we live. Addressing the challenge (including how the story is told) needs a fresh approach.

“We decided to grow a rainforest right here in Cornwall. Now, 12 years after we opened, our forest has grown and is reaching for the sky. At last, we have been able to start to building the walkway and, with you all, take to the trees.”

Second phase climbs to the Weather Station

The second phase of the project, which will begin once funding has been secured, will reach even further into the treetops to take visitors to the Weather Station, enabling them to discover just how rainforests control the world’s climate and measure weather.

For more school trip information visit www.edenproject.com.

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