The biodome charity attraction wants to turn two farmhouses into classrooms for horticulture and food production in a £3m scheme and has sold £500 bonds in 20 hours in return for six per cent interest a year.The fundraising was the fastest ever mini-bond raise by Crowdcube, which ran the scheme.
Eden executive director David Harland said: "To reach our maximum of £1.5m in less than 24 hours was beyond our expectation. We thank everyone who has invested and now look forward to bringing these exciting plans to reality. When complete, the learning village will give young people the chance to study and work in very special surroundings within the Eden Project."
Harland hopes the remaining £1.5m will be paid for by Eden or match-funded with grants from Europe or elsewhere.