The Eden Project is planting 40 trees today in a bid to form Europe’s first redwood forest, The Cornishman reported today (Monday, 14 March).
A mass planting of 40 trees, conducted by Eden co-founder Sir Tim Smit, apprentices from Eden and 40 pupils from Lanlivery primary school, is taking place just days before Edens 15th birthday.
Forty redwoods from California will be installed on higher land surrounding the iconic Biomes, which is hoped to create a “dramatic gateway” to the attraction.
Sir Tim said: “We are breaking ground on Monday to plant what will become a unique collection of the tallest living things on earth.
“The redwoods will stand at Eden for, we hope, thousands of years to come.
“We are propagating these trees under the banner Giving Nature a Helping Hand.”
It has come as a result of the partnership between the Eden Project and the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (AATA) based in northern Michigan, USA.
The coast redwood trees have been sent over by the AATA and are expected to thrive in Cornwall’s mild, damp climate.
AATA co-founder and renowned tree champion, David Milarch, has worked closely with Sir Tim to establish Europe’s first old-growth redwood forest and dug in the first sapling to signal the birth of their partnership a year ago.
He said: “Tim, the schoolchildren and the Eden apprentices are planting an eternal forest – a first not just for the UK but for Europe.
“This is a unique archive, a living library of genetics that can be utilised for our generation and for hundreds of generations into the future to rebuild and replace what we’ve damaged.”
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