History

A collection of photos of people at a Big Lunch or on Community Camp.

The Eden Project story is one of transformation and hope. With this in mind, in 2009 we decided to try a little experiment: to see what the transformative effect of getting to know our neighbours might be….

So we started The Big Lunch, encouraging as many people as possible to have lunch with their neighbours one Sunday in June. We’ve seen the number of people participating grow ten-fold since that first event in 2009, and in 2016 over 7 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces to join in.

Then the people who joined in started asking for ideas and support so they could do more. In 2013 we created Big Lunch Extras. These people joined us for Community Camp events at Eden, with loads of talks, workshops, activities, ideas, resources and plenty of like-minded people to network with.


Today we support an amazing network of everyday people doing extraordinary things —all over the UK. People just like you are hosting Big Lunches and delivering ideas and projects that make a positive difference to the communities where they live. With over 90,000 Big Lunches in 2016 alone, and over 1000 people through our Community Camps so far, we feel pretty hopeful about continuing the transformation!


Read about some of the inspiring people who've used their Community Camp experience to do great things in their communities.