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Woman jailed for stealing £100k from Eden Project charity

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A woman who worked at the Eden Project in Cornwall has been jailed for 15 months for stealing more than £100,000 from the charity.

Former employee Sarah Jane Fletcher admitted stealing £107,753 from the eco project based in a St Austell clay pit over a four year period.

She was jailed at Truro Crown Court for stealing the money between April 2012 and February 2016.

Eden from above: watch our amazing GoPro footage

A 90-year-old man from Yeovil has become the oldest man to zip wire over the Eden Project.

Jim Essex, who has recently battled cancer, took up the challenge as part of his fundraising efforts for Yeovil Hospital.

Eden offers the longest and fastest zip wire in the UK, reaching speeds of up to 50mph. We asked Jim to strap a GoPro to his head as he took the 65ft drop.



Lionel Ritchie says 'Hello' to the Eden Sessions

Lionel Richie to play at the Eden Sessions Credit: PA

Lionel Richie is the first star announcement for next year’s Eden Sessions.

The singer-songwriter from Tuskegee Alabama, whose smash hits include Hello, Dancing on the Ceiling and All Night Long, will play at the home of the famous Biomes on Tuesday June 14, 2016, as part of his All The Hits world tour.

This will be Lionel’s first ever headline show in the South West and his first UK show since his legendary performance at Glastonbury.

1,000 runners take part in one of the country's most gruelling races

The course starts and ends at the Eden Project. Credit: ITV West Country

Over 1,000 runners took part in a marathon and half marathon at the Eden Project today.

But they didn't have too much time to enjoy the scenery, it's regarded as one of the most gruelling events in the UK. It's now in its sixth year.

We started in 2009 and it was in partnership with St.Austell running club and they came and approached us and through another conversation we talked about having an event which started and finished at Eden,and we thought what better way to connect with the environment which is what we do all the time.

– Tracey Smith, Eden Project
The course is regarded as one of the most gruelling in the country. Credit: ITV West Country

Around 300 runners took part in the full 26.2-mile race. The half marathon had a much bigger turnout. First across the line in the half marathon was Paul Whear from Cornwall Athletic Club. He wasn't fazed by the terrain.

Triple titans cause a stink at Eden Project

For the first time ever, the Eden Project has three Titan arums – the world’s biggest and smelliest flower – side by side in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project. When it flowers, it lets out a putrid stench that many liken to rotting flesh, hence its nickname of “corpse flower”. In the wild, the smell attracts insects and animals that pollinate the plant.

Titan Arums in the Rainforest biome Credit: Eden Project

“I’m very excited to be bringing these horticultural marvels to Eden’s Rainforest Biome this year. "I think that Titan arums are a spectacular plant and I’m happy to see that they have captured the imagination of our visitors too.”

– Tim Grigg, Eden Project
The Arums can reach 3 metres high Credit: Eden Project
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