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Eden Project eyes up Dundee for new venture

Words: Roger Milne

The international arm of the organisation behind the groundbreaking Eden Project in Cornwall has confirmed that it is investigating the feasibility of locating a scheme in Dundee.

Eden is working with the city council and university and has already identified the 162-hectare Camperdown Country Park, three miles from the city centre, as a potential site.

The proposal – provisionally known as Eden Project Scotland – is part of Eden’s portfolio of international initiatives, which include more UK projects earmarked for Derry in Northern Ireland, Morecambe, Lancashire and at Portland, Dorset, on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Like every Eden Project around the world, Eden Project Scotland would be both transformational and regenerative with an overarching theme of humanity’s connection to the natural world.

The original Eden Project, located near St Austell in Cornwall, opened in March 2001 and boasts the world-famous geodesic Biomes, one of which houses the world’s biggest undercover rainforest. Eden has welcomed more than 22 million visitors since opening and has generated more than £2 billion for the regional economy.

David Harland, chief executive of Eden Project International, said: “We are really excited to be working in Dundee. It is a vibrant city with big ambitions, and we hope to be able to create something that encapsulates its unique appeal.

“The opening of the city’s V&A Museum in 2018 was a bold statement of intent and we want to be part of the next wave, helping establish Dundee as a truly world-class destination.”

John Alexander, city council leader, said: “There’s a clear alignment between what Eden is known for – sustainability, education and a first-class visitor experience – and what we want to deliver here in Dundee.

“Bringing Eden Project Scotland to Dundee would not only mean securing an amazing asset for local people to enjoy, but also adding another world-class attraction to our future visitor offer.

“Tourism was a key pillar of the Dundee economy before the devastating events of the past few months, and it will be again.”

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