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THE QUEEN will meet G7 leaders to tuck into a banquet-in-a-biome this evening as they dine at Cornwall's top tourist attraction, the Eden Project.

But what is the Eden Project and can visitors go there?

3The Eden Project is made up of large gardens housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitchesCredit: Getty What is the Eden Project?

The Eden Project is made up of large gardens housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

The eco attraction has two biomes simulates a rainforest environment - the largest indoor rainforest in the world - and the second, a Mediterranean environment.

It also has an outside botanical garden which is home to many plants and wildlife native to Cornwall and the UK in general.

The hexagonal shape of the biome’s cells was based on soap bubbles, and their ability to adapt to the uneven shape of the clay pit that they were building in.

Each cell is made of highly-durable and high-temperature resistant material, ETFE, that is inflated to create a pillow.

Similar to clingfilm, ETFE is lighter than glass but also strong enough to withstand the weight of a car. It also lets in UV light for the plants inside.

3The Eden Project in Cornwall is one of hundreds of venues taking part in The National Lottery Open Week & Cinema WeekendCredit: Rex Where is the Eden Project?

The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, 1.2 miles from the town of St Blazey, near St Austell in Cornwall.

How much did the Eden Project cost?

Overall the Eden Project cost £141 million to complete. The build was funded through a series of government grants and loans, from institutions like the Millennium Commission – with funding coming from the National Lottery – and European regeneration funds.

Since it was fully funded in 2000 the site has been a source of enormous economic revitalisation for Cornwall and the Southwest as a whole – it is believed to have contributed well over £1 billion to the local economy since its launch.

3The Eden Project opened in March 2001Credit: Getty - Contributor How do I get tickets for the Eden Project?

All visits require pre-booking with a timed entry ticket at the moment. You can pre-book tickets up until September 5, with more dates to follow.

Entries are staggered with time ticketing slots so as to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.

Your chosen time slot gives you a window of 30 minutes in which to arrive, but once here, you’re welcome to stay all day.

Entry tickets are annual passes. An annual pass gives you unlimited entry to Eden for a whole year (from the selected date) – and also allows the Eden Project to treat your admission fee as a donation to our charity.

Is the Eden Project coming to Morecambe?

A planning application for an Eden project to be built up north in Morecambe, Lancashire, is to be put in this summer, it has been announced.

The application, which has cost more than £1m to put together, could be with Lancaster City Council in the coming months, according to Eden Project North architect Tim Narey, Lancs Live reports.

In an open public forum with Morecambe residents, Tim explained that the vast environmental impact assessment, attached to the planning application, would take several months to put together before the project could move forward.

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"We are marching quite quickly towards getting the planning application into the council this summer," said Tim.

"Because of the complexity of this application we have to do an environmental impact assessment, we like that we have to do it because it teaches about all the amazing things in Morecambe we may not have known about before.

"We are still very committed here and the planning application will cost well over £1m; it is a huge piece of work."


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Scoop: Lincoln Projects Law Firm Concludes Independent Investigation of John Weaver Allegations

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The independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, and whether the anti-Trump group’s leadership covered up those allegations, has concluded.

Mediaite has obtained a memo written by Lincoln Project adviser Tara Setmayer and executive director Fred Wellman, two of the three members of a “Transition Advisory Board” appointed to coordinate with the investigation. The memo, set to go out to donors on Tuesday afternoon, summarized the findings of the investigation conducted by the law firm of Paul Hastings, LLP.

According to the memo, the investigation “found no evidence that anyone at The Lincoln Project was aware of any inappropriate communications with any underage individuals at any time prior to the publication of those news reports.”

“Additionally, the investigation found no communications nor conduct reported to The Lincoln Project or its leadership involving Mr. Weaver and any employee, contractor, or volunteer that would rise to the level of actionable sexual harassment,” the memo added.

What the memo does not say: Whether Lincoln Project leaders were aware of any allegations of misconduct against Weaver before January 2021.

The Transition Advisory Board — which included a third member, Lara Brown, a professor and the director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University — does not include the group’s remaining founders, Rick WilsonSteve Schmidt, and Reed Galen.

In January, the Lincoln Project was rocked by a stunning accusation: that Weaver had been sending communications to multiple young men, including one that was underage, and that the group’s leadership had covered it up.

One accuser said that Weaver began sending him inappropriate messages when he was just 14 years old.

Lincoln Project leadership denied knowledge of the allegations against Weaver. In a statement, the group called Weaver “a predator, a liar, and an abuser” and said the “totality of his deceptions are beyond anything any of us could have imagined and we are absolutely shocked and sickened by it.”

However, according to an AP report dated February 11, 2021, Lincoln Project leadership was aware of certain allegations against Weaver as early as June 2020. The report accused the PAC of having “ignored a crisis in its ranks.” In addition to anonymous sources that spoke to the AP, Ron Steslow, former executive director of the Lincoln Project, went on the record to state that he received an email containing allegations of sexual harassment against Weaver.

While that email has never been made public, Steslow said he shared the email with Reed Galen and the Lincoln Project’s counsel Matthew Sanderson.

Steve Schmidt claimed to the AP that the email was not shared with anyone in LP leadership.

Whatever the accusations in that email may have been, the findings from Paul Hastings apparently deny that they included allegations of communications between Weaver and anyone underage, or “actionable sexual harassment” of any LP staffers.

Read the full memo here.

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