Northern Eden Project gets £50m cash injection as part of government ‘levelling up’ fund
Hoping to replicate the success of Cornwall’s Eden Project, the Eden Project Morecambe (originally named the Eden Project North) will focus on marine life.
A new northern Eden Project focusing on marine life is set to open in Morecambe Bay next year thanks to a huge cash boost from the government’s ‘levelling up’ investment fund.
Named as one of more than 100 projects across the UK to win a share of the £2.1bn fund, the new eco-tourism attraction will be built on the north west coast, in the Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe – an hour and a half’s drive from Manchester.
Hoping to replicate the success of Cornwall’s Eden Project, the Eden Project Morecambe (originally named the Eden Project North) will focus on marine life and will feature three impressive shell-shaped pavilions overlooking Morecambe Bay.
The attraction is scheduled to open in 2024 and will appeal to people keen on art, science, adventure, play and performance as well as nature.
Plans to create a second Eden Project in the north of England have been in the running since 2020 but have now been boosted by government support of £50m funding, reports The Hoot.
The investment will cover half of the £100m needed to build the highly anticipated coastal-themed attraction.
Eden Project Morecambe is expected to provide “significant economic, environmental and social benefits” for the area.
Those familiar with the original Eden Project in Cornwall will recognise Eden Project Morecambe as a similar attraction combining “exhibits, performance, learning, play, immersive experiences, world-class horticulture, art, food, beverage and retail spaces”.
Mr Morris said the funding decision had “quite literally changed Morecambe forever. Five years of work has finally come to fruition and, after lobbying four prime ministers and six chancellors, and more meetings and debates in Parliament than I can count, I am absolutely delighted.
“What started off as a dream has now become reality and this will secure prosperity in Morecambe for generations to come.”
Feature image – Eden Project Morecambe