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|Address||Miriam Lane, off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green|
|Phone||01727 869203 - Please mention hertfordshire.com when phoning|
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|Category||Zoos, farms & wildlife parks|
|Description||The Story of Butterfly World...
This £27 million project was conceived by Clive Farrell, a butterfly fanatic and lepidopterist whose dream was to create a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Along with the support of our patrons (who include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Dr David Bellamy, Alan Titchmarsh, Emilia Fox and Baroness Helena Kennedy) the project was launched in March 2008 at an event at the Royal Society in London. Building work began in September 2008 and the image here shows the dome area under construction. Once completed in the Winter 2012, it will be the biggest butterfly experience in the world and the Biome (100m in diameter x 17.5 m high) will be big enough to house the footprint of Stonehenge seven times over.
Phase I - Spring 2009:
The site was created in the shape of a butterfly's head and the designer gardens competition, Future Gardens, was launched. The wildflower meadows were created and Ivan Hicks' gardens were also opened, plus a cafe, shop and plant boutique. We celebrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 40th birthday too.
Phase II - Spring 2010:
The education focus is launched next, to include the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre, the Chrysalis Lake, new gardens, picnic areas and the developing children's play area. The Nectar House Cafe and new shop are opened too and the landscape is very much more developed.
Phase III - Spring 2011:
This phase will show further development of the site includingthe addition of an exhibition of Leafcutter Ants, and the exciting extension of the childrens play area.
Phase IV - Winter 2012:
The final stage will see the construction of the massive rainforest Biome, an amazing structure100 meters in diameter and home to over 10,000 tropical butterflies, hummingbirds, insects, spiders as well as tropical plants. Withthe largest walk-through experience in the world,to includerope walkways, Maya caves and ruins to explore, streams and tropical rainstorms. The project will incorporate a living rainforest, yards from the M25 and M1 and a tribute to our tropical and native butterflies.