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Eden Project to expand overseas in ‘incredibly exciting’ plan

The Cornwall attraction will make its presence felt across the planet as it presses home its message.

A world-famous British tourist attraction has launched an international company to create similar projects across the globe.

The Eden Project is to open in China, Australia and New Zealand and has plans for the Middle East and North America.

The co-founder of the popular Cornwall attraction has launched the Eden Project International company to turn the proposals into reality.

It plans to establish collaborative Eden Projects with partners across the world, focusing on soil, water, food and biodiversity.

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The Eden Project in Cornwall (Ben Birchall/PA)

Sir Tim Smit, who will be executive chairman of the new company, said: “Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us.

“We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency.”

The Eden Project, which was built in a disused china clay quarry near St Austell, opened in 2001 and has attracted more than 19 million visitors and generated £1.7 billion for the regional economy.

The launch of the new company comes after four successive years of consistently healthy trading.

Eden Project executive director David Harland, who has taken up the role of chief executive of the international company, said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment for the Eden Project as we seek to work with new audiences across the globe with our vision for a global network of Eden Projects.

“New professional jobs will be created both in Cornwall and abroad with Eden in Cornwall acting as our research and development hub for new ideas and innovations.”

The new international team will also be responsible for delivering a number of projects in the UK.

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Flowers at the Eden Project (Ben Birchall/PA)

In China, the Eden Qingdao will explore the theme of water and its importance for life on earth and construction is due to begin later this year.

The second major project in China is in the historic city of Yan’an, famed for being the end of Chairman Mao’s Long March and north of the Xian, home of the terracotta warriors.

This project will explore the theme of land and soil and its importance for life on earth.

The third Eden Project in China is based at Sheng Lu vineyard in Beijing and aims to create a place to reconnect with nature.

In Australia, there are plans to turn a 15-hectare piece of contaminated land at Hobart port in Tasmania into an Eden Project.

While in New Zealand, a piece of land in the earthquake-damaged red zone in Christchurch has been set aside for another scheme.

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