The Very Hungry Caterpillar Solardome® visitor facility takes flight at Butterfly World
Butterfly World is a £27m project based on a 27-acre site in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Set to welcome over one million visitors a year, it will be a focus for conservation issues and cutting-edge scientific research and feature a spectacular transparent dome which will host the biggest butterfly walk through exhibition in the world.
In support of the project’s ambitions to be a valuable educational experience for schools, community groups and families, Solardome Industries has provided a 7.75m diameter (25ft) SOLARDOME® Sanctuary dome visitor facility, known as The Very Hungry Caterpillar Solardome® which will sit in the British Butterfly garden. Used to host storytelling days and activities relating to Eric Carle’s multi-award winning book, the Solardome® glasshouse will also be used as an outdoor classroom and as a venue for visits, meetings and receptions.
Welcoming the partnership with Solardome, Angela Harkness Commercial Director of Butterfly World Project, said: “With 40% of our visitors expected to be children and teenagers and a huge emphasis on environmental education, Butterfly World is set to emerge as an important ‘learning outside the classroom’ resource for schools, colleges and young people. The Solardome® glasshouse fits perfectly with this vision and its availability as an outdoor classroom will complete the magical experience.”
Solardome Industries’ Managing Director, Pippa Bailey said, “Like Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we have developed a concept which delights and inspires young people. Our geodesic glass domes are thought-provoking structures which enable teachers to create a unique environment outside the classroom where young people can learn in a practical, hands-on way across all areas of the curriculum. We are looking forward to a flourishing relationship with Butterfly World.”