Get the dirt on!
  • The Core Cafe, Eden Project, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SG

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Soil, mud, dirt – what is it made of and why is it important? Did you know it can be recycled?  
See soil in a new light with hands-on activities learning all about the layers that make up this important part of the Earth.   
Meet the researchers who will show you how you can ‘build’ new soil from old building waste, creating new ‘recipes’ with ReCon Soil researchers to help recycle rubbish into useful material. 
Take part in seed planting activities with Plant Science researcher, Chloe Betts . Get creative with crafting activities, including cutting, sticking, and colouring sheets for children. Researchers will also be available to chat with grown-ups about their attitudes to soil and the environment.  
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Participating in this event is free, however you will need to purchase entry to the Eden Project to take part. There is no need to book; just drop by and say hello to our researchers as part of your visit. The activities are suitable for ages 2 and up. Soil sorting may be messy so please bring suitable clothing. 
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ReCon Soil

Developing soils from waste to tackle a key global issue in relation to the threat to food security from soil degradation.
Healthy soil is at the heart of agriculture and maintaining quality food production. Soil is also the largest carbon store on earth, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve biodiversity. The Reconstructed Soils from Waste project (ReCon Soil) will develop and roll out at least three new soil recipes made from locally sourced construction waste, dredged sediments and agricultural by-products.

<p>FABSoil plant at Eden Project</p>

FUTURES2022

30 September – 1 October
Explore the past, create the present and imagine the future.
FUTURES2022 brings research to life in new and exciting ways online and in-person, with events from storytelling to panel discussions, tours, talks, quizzes, broadcasts and more. People of all ages are invited to join researchers from the world-class Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Bath Spa University to explore topics such as history, health, marine, robotics and the arts.

<p>FUTURES2020 image</p>

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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