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How to build your own Garden of Eden

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I am an architect/engineer and am looking for a site to rent for my latest design project, an affordable weekend holiday retreat.

The concept is simple: site a caravan in a spot with lovely views and cover it with a geodesic dome trellis. Train climbing plants over the dome, thus camouflaging the caravan and forming your own Eden. The plants keep the caravan cool in summer and give shelter from the winds in the winter. A geodesic dome trellis does not need concrete foundations, it can be pegged down to the ground like a tent. Generally, for this project there is no need to apply for planning permission, as the structure is temporary and easy to dismantle.

As far as I know, no one in the UK has built this kind of project.

Being an architect/engineer and a plant lover, I am keen to build in order to demonstrate its utility. If any readers can help with the location for a site, I would be very pleased to hear from them.

John Zerning, London W2

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