Tim Smit says he’s “hugely honoured” to be receiving the knighthood: “In the true spirit of ‘going Dutch’, I would like to share the honour with all the fabulous friends and colleagues who have helped make the adventures of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project a reality.”
Tim Smit worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera. He moved to Cornwall in the late eighties, where he and John Nelson together “discovered” and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Eden Project opened to the public in 2001. Since then, nearly 13 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a “cradle of life” containing world-class horticulture.
Tim Smit, who is still a director at the Eden Project, has admitted to having an unusual style of leadership. He’s been known to ask job-applicants to perform music, dance, juggling and storytelling during their interview.
Eden has contributed more than £1bn to the regional economy.