A world-famous Cornish attraction will be reopening this Monday - and with a 'magnificent' new feature.

The Eden Project is reportedly bursting with energy and spring colour as its teams have worked together to reopen the global garden after the longest closure in its 20-year history.

Works across the site's 30-acre outdoors, as well as inside the world-famous Biomes, means Eden will be safe and ready to welcome its first public visitors in nearly five months next Monday, May 17.

Eden was in the midst of a successful Christmas season when heavy rain caused flooding and landslips at the former clay quarry and it closed to the public on December 20.

Shortly after came the third national lockdown, during which on March 17 the project passed its 20th anniversary of opening.

Now the team say they have turned this misfortune around by adding a new waterfall feature to the site of the landslip.

This week, as teams of horticulturists and landscapers continued a massive facelift, the project said it can hardly wait to see everyone back again.

Interim chief executive, David Harland, said: "Looking across the site now ablaze with colour in peak spring, it feels like the reawakening of a sleeping giant and the rekindling of an incredible team spirit which led to us fully opening for the first time 20 years and two months ago.

"It has been a very long wait in challenging times for everyone.

"As a project that thrives on bringing people together and creating community, it is wonderfully exciting to think that very soon families will be coming through our doors and enjoying the wonders of the natural world once again.

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"Five months ago, during a bleak storm, as pumps strained, the side of the pit burst forth with water which had built up underground and it was scarcely imaginable that we would find ourselves reopening.

"Today, we are a fortnight from completing the work and having the pit back as if nothing had happened, save for the fact that we have used the major repair works to design a magnificent waterfall set against the backdrop of the Rainforest Biome and add a stunning feature to our landscape in due course."

Getting ready for the big reopening, Eden’s dedicated horticulture team is busy cutting the lawns, weeding, sowing and planting so the gardens look as good as possible.

Among the many eye-catching displays, the apple orchard in the middle of the site is bursting with blossom right now.

Si Bellamy, Eden’s chief activation officer, said: "As we near full recovery, we are incredibly grateful for all the support and understanding we’ve received.

"The determination from the whole team to recover as soon as we safely could has been paramount - alongside creating a remarkable new place, in time, from which the water story can emerge.

"We’re going to show our new landscape when we reopen and point to the future direction we will create.

"After 20 years of operations we’ll continue to transform our mothership.

"We are now incredibly excited that we will be welcoming visitors back along the newly repaired road.