Sir Timothy Bartel Smit KBE (born 25 September 1954) is a Dutch-born British businessman who jointly helped create the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Tim Smit was born in Scheveningen, the son of airline pilot Jan Smit and his English wife. He was educated in England at Vinehall School, East Sussex, and Cranbrook School, Kent, before going on to study archaeology and anthropology at Hatfield College, Durham.
He worked as an archaeologist before working as both a songwriter and producer receiving seven platinum and gold discs.
In 1987 he moved with his family to Cornwall and became involved with Rob Poole, John Nelson and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Smit wrote a book about the project.
With architect Jonathan Ball, he jointly created the Eden Project, near St Austell, an £80 million initiative to build two transparent biomes in an old china clay pit near the village of Bodelva. The biomes contain di