Cornwall’s Eden Project was forced to close for several days after flooding caused severe damage on 17 November.

Eden’s Tim Smit surveys the damage

Founder Tim Smit was counting the cost of flooding at Eden’s Link building (pictured right) which runs between the biomes, and at an ice rink and visitor centre.

Luckily the biomes, which house over a million plants, survived torrential rain without flooding.

Site safety manager Chris Hastings said: “Despite the fact that Eden is well-engineered to deal with excess rain water, the deluge was more than the site could deal with.”

One of the most seriously damaged areas was The Hive, a creative centre used by people across Devon and Cornwall.

But Don Murray, of Eden’s Green Team, said “well-knitted outdoor planting” had survived the floods and added: “Major plant damage was avoided.”

Eden has now re-opened. The damage bill is expected to run into “millions,” according to sources.