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Friday, 7 December 2007

Eden up for some serious money

BG educators in the Uk are being badgered today to participate in a public vote on how to spend £50 million. This money is from the UK's national Lottery and for the first time the lottery are using television programme and a public vote to decide how to spend this pot of money. There are four projects in the competition, including the Eden Project's plans for the 'Edge'. This would be their third 'biome' and is intended to illustrate people and plants 'on the edge'

Eden are describing the project as:
The Edge will be a landmark new building at the Eden Project.
Its scale and ambition will make the Edge an international icon of sustainability, showing mankind is capable of amazing things. The building will be a model of cutting-edge architecture and technology, harvesting water and energy from the sun, wind, and rain to show how we all might live in the future. It will be a testament to one-planet living, built to the lowest possible carbon footprint and designed to last.
Inside… …there will be desert, oasis and water gardens on a scale never attempted. Underneath… …a series of interlocking underground chambers will provide spaces for some of the great voices of the age – artists, writers, scientists and musicians - to work with communities and families and share the best ideas they have for improving their lives and environments, now and in the future.

The other projects also sound interesting (have a look at the 50 million pound giveaway website to see), but this is a great opportunity for a member of the botanic garden community to increase their capacity for conservation education and sustainable development...we've got our fingers crossed!

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