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Campers Snooze in the Sky at Eden Project

A team of top scientists spent last night (Saturday) in tents suspended from the roof of the Eden Project's Rainforest Biome to help raise money for conservation in Borneo.

The group, who specialise in the science of the rainforest canopy, were sleeping in the Biome in special illuminated hanging tents, known as portaledges, as part of the Big Canopy Campout.

The Big Canopy Campout saw climbers, adventurers and researchers camp in forests around the world last night to raise money for the charity World Land Trust to buy a piece of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in North Borneo.

The Eden campers included BBC cameraman Tom Crowley who filmed the award-winning iguana and snakes sequence in Planet Earth 2, his colleague Ollie Laker who was responsible for the rope rigging on the TV series, and adventurer and Wanderlust magazine editor Phoebe Smith.

They were joined by rainforest scientist Dr Farnon Ellwood of the University of the West of England, Bristol, and his team of PhD students, Julian Donald and Josie Phillips, who have worked with Eden horticulturists in Borneo.

Completing the team were canopy scientist Stephanie Law from the University of Liverpool, John Pike, founder of the Big Canopy Campout, Nina Seale from the World Land Trust and Eden rope access technicians Jamie Robson and Craig Lewis as well as estates team member Dave Paul.

Other Eden staff members camped in tents and hammocks on the Biome walkways.

John Pike said: "The Big Canopy Campout is about exciting, educating and inspiring people about rainforests so we thought Eden was the perfect place to come to coordinate this global event.

“Rainforests are under threat, partly because people aren’t able to experience them for themselves. The canopy environment is an amazing place and climbing in the canopy can change people’s lives, giving them a completely different view of what rainforests are and why they’re important."


The campers spent yesterday afternoon talking to Eden Project visitors about their work.

For more information about the event see http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/events/big-canopy-campout

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