A Level Geographers Explore The Eden Project

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As part of their A level Geography course, Lower Sixth pupils embarked on four days of field study at Cornwall’s Eden Project.

The Eden Project was a vision thought up by Tim Smit in 1995, an £80 million initiative to build two transparent biomes in an old china clay pit near the village of Bodelva, an area devastated by the decline of the mining industry.

During their visit, the pupils toured the park to develop an understanding of regeneration and rebranding of the countryside, and to further support their studies of the carbon cycle.

A lecture on the history, successes and future developments of the project, such as the new ‘eco-hotel’, proved particularly useful for a case study..

Over the four-day residential trip, there was also time to visit Newquay to see how the rebranding process has affected this resort, and later Watergate Bay, Extreme Academy, and Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant, to see how this development has supported the local economy and people.

The whole trip helped to support our geographers’ A level studies, improve their tangible understanding of the syllabus, and enhance the quality of their work.

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