10 Eco attractions

  • The Eden project

    A symbol of regeneration, ecological awareness and sustainable development. Built in a derelict clay pit, its giant biomes and other habitats contain more than a million plants

  • Gibson Mill, West Yorkshire

    An old cotton mill in a wooded valley, converted to be 100% self-sufficient using solar and hydro power

  • Kew Gardens

    This famous London garden also runs seed conservation projects and is a referral point for plant conservation around the world

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  • Kynance Cove, The Lizard, Cornwall

    National Trust-run solar-powered beach cafe, on the coast of one of the loveliest parts of Cornwall. The cafe walls are insulated with sheep’s wool and the lavatories have their own biological sewage-treatment system

  • London Wetland Centre

    About 100 acres in the heart of the capital, designated a site of Special Scientific Interest, it supports gadwell and shoveler ducks, as well as a diverse range of other wildlife

  • Nagshead, Gloucestershire

    A woodland reserve, famous for breeding pied flycatchers, which has a solar powered, zero-energy education centre, and uses a solar-powered electric fence to control stock on the reserve

  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire

    Run as a low-intervention garden, using as few chemicals as possible, pests are kept at bay by ‘integrated pest management’ (encouraging natural predation by aphids, rather than using pesticides) and the gardeners are increasingly planting drought-resistant plants

  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Beautiful Edinburgh gardens, and scientific centre for the study of diversity and conservation of plants

  • Science Museum, London

    Has an interactive gallery dedicated to energy and displays on the science of weather and climate change

    www.science museum.org.uk
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    As well as works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and James Turrell, enjoy Andy Goldsworthy’s new installations?ecological art made from thorns, stones, snow and even human hair (on show until January 6, 2008)?set in 500 acres of 18th-century parkland.