Eden Project announces 169 redundancies 

The Eden Project has announced that 169 staff are to be made redundant.

It comes after the attraction near St Austell lost £7 million in the first quarter of the financial year due to the enforced three-month closure and subsequent restrictions on visitor numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It had been previously feared that 220 people could lose their jobs but this was reduced after some staff agreed to reduce their working hours and share job roles in addition to strong visitor numbers over the summer despite the reduced capacity, Eden said.

A total of 122 of the jobs lost are full-time roles, with 72 people taking voluntary redundancy. The Eden Project says that throughout the six-week restructuring period, it has held employment events and will keep in touch with staff leaving the company to share any new opportunities with them.

The attraction previously employed 375 people on a full time basis before the announcement of 122 full time redundancies among the 169 total

Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit paid a heartfelt tribute to the staff leaving, saying in a message to all staff: “The Eden we see today owes so much to all of you and so much to those who are leaving at the moment.

“No-one can ever take that away from you and nor should they. I am intensely proud of what everybody has achieved.

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“We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the economy will recover, that next year will be an absolute triumph. All we can do at the moment is link arms in solidarity and say to those who are leaving us, ‘Godspeed and thanks ever so much. Don’t be a stranger. We are one family.’”

Executive director David Harland added: “We have had to react to the most extraordinary set of circumstances that the pandemic caused. The restructure was to ensure Eden’s survival and without it, Eden would not have survived.

“We are gutted that we are losing 169 brilliant people as a result of it. You leave with our love and our gratitude and our friendship and you will be missed enormously.”

He said that 18 of those leaving had worked for Eden for 20 years or more, and 62 for 10 years or more, adding: “Those numbers are staggering and we know that behind each of those numbers are enormous amounts of dedication, hard work, and passion.”

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