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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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News station fires reporter who said she would blow the whistle on alleged discrimination to Project Veritas

A Detroit CBS affiliate said that weather reporter April Moss, who promised to produce proof of discrimination at the station live on-air Sunday, was fired after refusing to wear a mask.

"April Moss objected to WWJ-TV's policies regarding COVID-19 testing and wearing masks inside our station, which are based on CDC, state and local guidelines," the station said in a statement. "Any suggestion that she was in any way a victim of 'discrimination' due to her concerns about these policies is completely false. In fact, we allowed April to perform her weather anchor duties from home as we explored her concerns."

The news of the reporter’s termination comes after Moss revealed live during her local weather report Sunday that she "will be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing on its employees."

Project Veritas, an outlet run by independent journalist James O’Keefe, has built a large audience with his reports that often feature secretly taken video and audio recordings, oftentimes from major news organizations.


"In their response to Project Veritas's upcoming story, CBS 62 failed to address any of the major issues raised by April Moss's recordings," O'Keefe said. "No mention of companywide efforts to push vaccinations on employees and the public. Instead, CBS aimed its focus at her personally in an effort to divert attention from the findings she presented to our organization."

Moss claimed in her interview with O’Keefe Tuesday that CBS 62 was pressuring employees who had declined to get the vaccine to take the shot, using the “power of all of [the] Viacom/CBS brand” in a bid to legitimize the vaccine. She also claimed that the station buried certain coronavirus-related stories instead of being transparent with its audience.

“I’m watching my country disintegrate, and if I don’t stand up and do something when I’m able to, I just don’t know that I could live with myself. … No longer is true journalism being executed anymore. … It is one of the greatest crimes, really, in history right now. Because if we are shaping the American public’s mind, then we need to be seeking truth,” Moss told O’Keefe.

Moss became the second journalist in the span of just over a week to announce live on-air that they were taking their concerns about their stations to Project Veritas.

Ivory Hecker, a former Fox 26 reporter in the Houston area, did the same last week after making similar claims that her station was burying some COVID-19 stories.

But CBS 62 says the Moss termination had little to do with discriminating against her views.


"While we respect and support our employees' freedom to have their own opinions, they are not entitled to use our station news broadcasts as a platform for sharing personal views. Ms. Moss is no longer with our station,” the station said.

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