Sir Tim Smit plans to create a second Eden Project just six miles from Wellington. The bio-dome social entrepeneur has released details of a multi-million pound scheme to be built at J27 of the M5, close to the Old Well garden centre.
Speaking as the plans for the Eden Westwood were unveiled, Sir Tim said there was “an ambition to create a site that is nothing less than the public face of ‘Agriculture UK'”.
Sir Tim added: “We believe that such a site can create a lens through which Devon & Somerset can be seen as a world leader in the agricultural arena and that of sustainable construction, retail and tourism.
“Mid Devon could be said to be the gateway to Devon as a whole and I became interested in the potential of the Junction 27 site when I began to look at it as a showcase destination in which the many jewels of the county, both natural and man-made, could be exhibited in a manner and style that would draw anybody passing, to come and see what they might be missing and where they might like to explore.
“Our story of creating a successful destination in the unlikeliest of places is well known.
“We have come here because we believe we can play a part in reinventing the way people travel and enjoy where they are.”
The Eden Project attracts around 1m visitors a year from all over Europe and employs around 400 scientific and support staff.
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