Our mission

Our mission is to bring people together and explore the power of community to shape a brighter future for people and the planet.

Our guiding principles

  • Create opportunities for people to share more, connect with others, and have fun.
  • Support and encourage people to get involved where they live.
  • Build greater empathy between people and communities.
  • Celebrate the human and the everyday.
  • Champion inclusivity and celebrate diversity.
  • Make The Big Lunch a national shared moment that unites us, our neighbourhoods and communities.


The Eden Project with a group of people standing outside on a bridge one of the family

Part of the Eden family

The Eden Project is an educational charity and social enterprise. We create gardens, exhibitions, art, events, experiences and projects that explore how people can work together – and with nature – towards a better future. We are inspired by the belief that people are more than capable of changing things for the better, and through creating Eden we’ve learnt what ingenuity, resourcefulness, hope and determination can do.

The Eden Project story is one of transformation and hope, so in 2009 we decided to try a little experiment: to see what the transformative effect of getting to know our neighbours might be. That little experiment was The Big Lunch.

Through Eden Project Communities we support ordinary people to do extraordinary things as they build their skills and confidence to create positive change where they live.

Visit the Eden Project website

“The future is ours to invent. Let’s create a world we want to live in.”

Dr Tony Kendle, Eden Project

Did you know we’re a charity?

We rely on funding to keep our annual programme of courses, events, and The Big Lunch free and accessible to all.

A gift from you, no matter how small, helps us support the amazing people transforming their communities.