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The Garden of Eden


As the Summer Holidays draw to a close and the new school term looms I have developed a reflective mood.

We’ve had a lovely Summer full of fun, adventure and learning. There have been a few tantrums (not just from the kids) but on the whole I’d say it’s been a success.

We spent the most glorious week in Looe, Cornwall. It was amazing spending time by the sea. Being on the coastline however meant that all talked a lot about pollution in the sea and on the coast and how it can affect our wildlife. My daughter is quite passionate about this subject and spoke to me a lot about what she thinks we can do to prevent some of the problems we are causing in the sea; such as reducing our use of chemicals and not buying single-use plastics.

Looe beach is incredibly clean and the water quality is very good. We enjoyed hours building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. Despite every effort made by the council and the local people to ensure that the beach is kept clean my daughter still kept finding rubbish on the beach that was coming in on the tide. It was mostly plastic packaging from crabbing equipment, dropped into the harbour further up and washing out to sea.

The council have ensured that there are recycling bins as well as waste bins on the beach so we popped the rubbish in the appropriate bins. I was also impressed to see that they had large crates on the beach for used beach equipment. There was one for broken beach items and one for beach items that could be re-used. This means that visitors to the beach could find a bucket and spade, even a bodyboard, that still had plenty of life left in it, but was no longer wanted by anyone.

We stayed local to our accommodation for most of the holiday; exploring the town and beach, deciding that we would only do one ‘big’ day trip. This trip was to the Eden Project, just over 30 minutes away.

I have wanted to visit the Eden Project for a really long time. I lived in Cornwall for years and never went! I can now say that is totally worth a visit. The site of the project is hugely impressive. Once a china clay pit it was transformed after tireless fundraising into what we can see today. It’s an fantastic platform for showcasing some of the world’s most important plants.

Approaching it was like looking at a construction in space. The biomes are huge! There is so much to see and tonnes to learn. The kids loved it. Both declared that their favourite part was the Rainforest Biome. I preferred the Mediterranean Biomes because they weren’t quite so hot!

As we were leaving we were chuffed to discover Ellie Jackson, author of The Wild Tribe Heroes books, in the gift shop. She was signing and promoting her new book, Buddy’s Rainforest Rescue. The kids were a little star-struck as Ellie chatted to them about her books and the fact that they are based on her own experiences. She answered their questions and was kind enough to personalise and sign their book for them. Needless to say that was what they asked to hear as their bedtime story that evening.

Since coming home I think we have a greater appreciation for our coastline. We’ve also all learnt a lot about climates across the world, and what we can do to help preserve them.

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