David Rowe & Sir Tim Smit

The Eden Project 

We are absolutely delighted to have the support of David Rowe and Sir Tim Smit from the world-famous Eden Project. 

Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall.  He ‘discovered’ and then restored ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best loved gardens having been named ‘Garden of the Year’ by BBC Countryfile Awards (Mar 2018).  Tim’s book ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ won Book of the Year in 1997.
Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Since its opening in 2001, 20 million people have come to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.  Tim is also Executive Chairman for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.

 “The Coastal footpath is a National Treasure that belongs to the people of Britain for eternity, giving us the rights to walk along our magnificent coastline in unparalleled freedom. We are unbelievably fortunate people and we should make sure we treat this gift with the gratitude it deserves and treat it well so future generations can enjoy it as we do. A small donation from each of us who cherish it will be a fitting celebration of the 40th anniversary. Go on, just do it!” – Sir Tim Smit


Former national newspaper reporter David Rowe is the Eden Project’s Head of Media Relations.  Raised in Falmouth, he fell in love with the Path when he walked around the coast of Cornwall with a friend in their early 20s. Over the next three decades he has completed the whole 630 miles of the South West Coast Path and many long walks besides.

“For those of us lucky enough to live nearby, the South West Coast Path is paradise on our doorstep.  Walking it is one of the most enriching pleasures in life.   The #40FOR40 campaign is a great way to celebrate a special birthday.  It encourages us to dig into our pockets and help protect and promote an unbeatable trail which gives so much back to all who venture on it.” – David Rowe