Tim Smit says we should "Demand the impossible", and in a disused china clay pit in Cornwall, the impossible has been delivered - a living theatre of plants and people and their interdependence, contained in the world's largest greenhouses. This is the story of the Eden Project, told by its creator, Tim Smit, from its genesis in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, its design and construction against the odds, the personalities of the team, the energy that brought the vision to life, and the future for the Eden Project.
Tim Smit is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, near St Austell in Cornwall. He is also on the board of the Prince's Trust Business division, a member of the Cornwall Gardens Trust and a Director of Kneehigh Theatre. He recently chaired the Landscape Heritage Trust's feasibility study of urban parks and gardens throughout the UK and presented their findings to the government Select Committee on the Environment. In 2000 he was given the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in the UK Award by the English Tourism Council. He lives with his wife and family in Cornwall.