The Eden Project, Cornwall, grasped technology with both hands earlier this year and took its own channel, Eden Project TV on myCornwall.tv, which aims to unite all things Cornish on the internet, using video and social media.
Five-minute programmes are regularly added, featuring events at Eden, local designers, seasonal gardening ideas and showing what’s blooming and fruiting with the help of Eden’s horticulturalist Catherine Cutler. CEO and co-founder Tim Smit, champion of sustainability and eco-campaigns, rants monthly in What’s Eating Tim Smit?
Other films make it on to the Eden Project blog, where a bit of lateral thinking has the Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, recommending a favourite plant “record” each Friday. So far we’ve had The Who’s Pictures of Lily and, in festive fun this week alt rock group Weezer's Buddy Holly (groan. But a must for fans of Happy Days).
Eden’s very busy this month with Christmas workshops, Cornish choirs, skating and curling (featured on West Country Tonight), late openings and a display of Christmas trees. Get a flavour in the Eden Project's Time for Gifts Video.
Nothing to do with gardening, but one thing I really liked in this programme is the reference to “elders” in their interaction with the children. Don't you think that we should adopt the term more widely, with its intimations of respect and wisdom? Much better than the images of frailty and dependency carried by the word “elderly".