An Eastbourne Eden?
The Eden Project and Eastbourne Borough Council embark on exploratory talks
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Published: 20 February 2020
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
The Eden Project and Eastbourne Borough Council, with the support of the South Downs National Park, are exploring initial ideas for an environmental project in Eastbourne.
Over the next year, a number of organisations and individuals will mould and shape ideas and explore what can be achieved together. East Sussex County Council is being kept up to speed with the discussions.
As plans take shape, the council will share them with the people of Eastbourne and seek feedback.
‘We have been inspired by the people we have met in Eastbourne and their desire to encourage a new vision of the future to take hold in this beautiful part of the world. We are excited by the many opportunities here and look forward to helping them progress over the coming months.’
SIR TIM SMIT
Co-founder of The Eden Project
Eastbourne’s ecological potential
Eastbourne has a heritage of hospitality, culture and wellbeing. Its downland, cliffs (including Beachy Head) and grazing marshes are places of great beauty, a long human history and lots of ecological potential.
‘This is an exciting opportunity to better connect the wider Eastbourne community and visitors alike with the special landscape, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the National Park.
‘We know of the many benefits of connecting people with nature and, while this vision is still very much in its infancy, we look forward to collaborating with partners to see what can be achieved.’
Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority
Eden Project International, the global wing of the Eden Project, is working on projects around the world. Each project is a unique response to its setting; the aim is to connect people with the natural world in ‘exciting and engaging ways’.
The £67m Northern Ireland Eden Project – Eden Project Foyle – could open by summer of 2023, according to Eden Project International and Foyle River Garden.
The 250 acre site on the banks of the River Foyle will include walled gardens, tree-top and floating walkways and a water activity centre.