Eden Project in Cornwall reports large loss

The Eden Project has reported its worst-ever loss.

The Eden Trust accounts for 2012-13 show a deficit of £6.3m for the year ending March 2013, compared with a surplus the previous year of £136,000.

The Cornwall eco-attraction said its underlying trading loss was about £1.3m compared with a profit of £3.6m in the previous year.

It said it had been hit by the 2012 Olympics, poor summer weather, and the economic downturn.

Eden said it had cut jobs and made other changes since the accounting period ended.

Eden opened in 2001 as a showcase for nature in a series of huge dome-shaped greenhouses.

But visitor numbers dropped below one million in 2012-13 to 953,000 for the year, and Eden made 54 job cuts to its staff of 445.

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