About Cornwall © Friendship Force Cornwall 2017   Cornwall is situated in the far south-west of England, a peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It has over 697  km of coastline, the largest of any English county. In length, Cornwall measures a maximum of 132 km and you are never more than 32 km from the sea. London is 450 km away. The Isles of Scilly lie some 45 km off the western mainland. The county has a population of 485,600 (1997). Only nine towns have a population over 10,000. True is the county town  and administrative centre of Cornwall. 20% of the county’s population live in rural areas and small villages of less than  1000 people.  In an area of so many small towns and villages, the economy has grown up around, and being dependent upon, farming,  fishing, 10, copper and china clay mining. This rural economy has been in decline in recent years.  Cornwall is now one of Britain’s most popular tourist areas with its beautiful coastline and beaches, attractive small  harbours, wonderful gardens and historic buildings, although the high cost of housing, combined with low wages and  high unemployment compared to the rest of the country, mean that Cornwall is still an area needing considerable  support. Recreational activities in the county include surfing, sailing, walking along the coastal footpaths, birdwatching,  painting, diving and cliff climbing. Initially designed to regenerate a post industrial area of the British countryside, the Eden project has grown to become  the world’s premier monument to ecology. Nestled in the heartlands of Cornwall, its domes emulate specific natural  environments and contain an incredible array of flora and fauna. In this environment the project examines man’s  relationship with nature, and our dependence upon it for shelter, food and energy. Through examining this relationship,  the Eden project hopes to educate future generations about the major environmental issues of the day in a humorous,  engaging way. On the left is a photo of our visitors from Moscow at the Eden  project.  You can see a short video about Eden on YouTube by clicking HERE