The Eden Project shares insights from ECEHH research with global audiences

Posted on 9th May 2023

Research by the University of Exeter which shows how natural sounds can boost people’s wellbeing has formed part The Eden Project’s new ambitious digital campaign aimed at inspiring audiences worldwide to become part of nature, not apart from it.

Alex Smalley a Phd Fellow with ECEHH and the Wellcome Trust has contributed to a new three part podcast episodes entitled Conversations in the Canopy which sees Tod Coleman, part of Eden’s Explainers team, in conversations with experts focused connecting people with the natural world, including scientists, storytellers and psychologists.

For episode three, Tod takes a trek through the rich audio environment of Eden’s Rainforest Biome with Alex Smalley, to find out how natural sounds can help people to boost their wellbeing and reduce fatigue and stress. Alex explains,

“Spending time in nature is a rich multi-sensory experience, and listening to the sounds that surround us can be a really powerful way to connect with the natural world. From blackbirds to babbling brooks, ‘natural silence’ can help alleviate fatigue, improve mood, and provide people with a sense of calm.”

Listen to part of the podcast here:

A new film presenting a blueprint for a better future has also been produced and launched.

The film and podcasts can be found on a transformed version of Eden’s unique flagship YouTube channel.

Through the platform, Eden will share inspiring, informative, and entertaining films, videos, podcasts, livestreams, and more.

All content is designed to empower the audience with the knowledge, confidence, and agency to make a positive difference in their everyday lives.

The new broadcasts demonstrate the awesome scale, importance and beauty of nature, as well as highlighting exciting community and science projects.

Content ranges from accessible household and gardening tips and everyday ideas for positive climate solutions to deep-dive pieces covering the science behind the planetary emergency.

Sarah Peake, Eden’s Content Curation Manager, who fronts the new Climate Change Solutions film as part of the launch, said:

“At Eden we reconnect people with plants and the natural world through everything we do. Showcasing, sharing and championing empowering media through our YouTube channel is just one step in this intricate and never-ending project.

“We’re incredibly excited to share new content with a global audience and there is so much more to come.”

Eden’s flagship YouTube channel can be found at

Conversations in the Canopy is also available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all other major podcast platforms.

April 28, 2023

Conversations in the Canopy | Podcast on Spotify

Conversations in the Canopy on Apple Podcasts

Conversations in the Canopy (

Conversations in the Canopy on Eden Project – YouTube

Climate Change Solutions film link:

Eden Project’s Climate Change Solutions: A Blueprint for a Better Future – YouTube



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