Eden Project Founder to Lecture in Aberdeen

Tim Smit CBE, the force behind the world acclaimed Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall is to lecture at RGU in June.

Tim who began his career as a producer and went on to win 7 platinum and gold discs, found and restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan before his fascination with the stories that connected plants to people led him to develop the Eden Project along with Philip McMillan Browes, (former Director of RHS Wisley and Horticultural Director of The Lost Gardens of Heligan) and Peter Thoday (former President of the Institute of Horticulture.

The Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall, opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when some 11 million people have come to see what was once a sterile, flooded 160 year old china clay-pit, turned into a “cradle of life”, containing a world-class horticultural collection and a dramatic architectural achievement, symbolic of human endeavour. The scale of what has been achieved is demonstrated by the fact that you could easily fit the Tower of London into the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome. The Guinness Book of Records heralds Eden’s Biomes as the biggest conservatories/greenhouses in the world.

In addition to being one of the UK’s most successful visitor attractions, the Eden Project is actively involved in changing peoples perception of the potential for and the application of science to our natural world by imaginatively communicating and interpreting scientific concepts and principles through the use of Art, Drama and Storytelling – while at the same time fulfilling its mission to play a pivotal role in local regeneration. To date, the Eden Project has contribution £900million to the Cornish economy. Eden also demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, but good business practice and adopting strong citizenship values for the future.

Tim was voted “Great Britain of 2007” in the Morgan Stanley Awards and has taken part in a number of major television and radio programmes. He has also been the subject of “This Is Your Life” and a guest on “Desert Island Discs”. A regular speaker at major conferences, seminars and educational events, Tim’s Lecture in Aberdeen, on behalf of The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre is altogether fitting as he has described the work of the Aberdeenshire-based Centre as making a “critically important contribution to the future well being and sustainability of Scotland’s Built and Landscape Heritage”.

The lecture From the Lost Gardens of Heligan to the Eden Project, takes place on Thursday 17th June 2010 at 7.30pm, at SB42, Lecture Theatre at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture,Garthdee, Aberdeen.

Admission: Free

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