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Eden edges closer to winning Lottery millions

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Area:
South West England
Programme:
The Peoples Millions
Peoples 50 million
Living Landmarks
Release date:
4 6 2007
The Eden Project in Cornwall took a step closer to winning millions in Lottery funding today, as it submitted its final application to the Big Lottery Fund’s groundbreaking Living Landmarks: The People’s Millions competition.

The Edge project is one of six schemes, vying to win a single award of between £25 million and £50 million, with the public deciding the eventual winner in a televised vote on ITV.

The Edge represents the next evolution of the Eden Project and if it wins the vote, the new building will look back to understand how people coped with change in the past. It will look at people and plants living on the edge today and the ingenious solutions they have come up with. And it will look forward to explore how we can engage with the great issues of the age.

Education is at the heart of Eden. The Edge will provide more creative space for communities and families and a greater chance for others to take the stage and pursue their ideas for a positive future.  

Tim Smit, Chief Executive of the Eden Project, says: “To face the challenges ahead we need the best of our imagination and creativity, our technology and science, our humanity and our vision. We need strong communities and a clear understanding of what is valuable in life.

“The Edge will be a building that looks at how we live today and how we may live differently in the future. It will explore the challenge of living within limits, and how we can still find richness in our lives without rampant consumption. It will look at how societies have undergone great transformation in the past, to help us to understand the transformations ahead of us.

“Above all it will be a building that encourages imagination and hope, that helps us to understand how we can best work together, that showcases new ideas and new possibilities. This will be a time of radical change, but together we can help to shape the world our children will inherit.”

The Living Landmarks programme committee, who have professional experience in areas of architecture, regeneration and the environment, will meet in autumn 2007 to make the final decision on which projects make it to the public vote. There is no set number of places in the final ITV vote. Each application will be assessed on its own merit against the competition’s criteria.

Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As we approach the final stages of the Living Landmarks programme, the excitement is continuing to grow. Now the applications are in, we can have a detailed look at exactly what each ground-breaking project has to offer communities, to make them better places to live, work and play. The final say lies in the hands of the public, whose votes will play a key part in bringing a major multi-million pound UK project to life.”

The six remaining projects made the shortlist in August 2006, when they were awarded development grants to take their applications forward. Each project team has since been hard at work producing detailed plans about how they will transform, revitalise and regenerate their communities, should they win the multi-million pound grant.

Living Landmarks was launched in June 2005, to allow communities – individuals, residents and businesses – to identify their priorities for change and apply for funding for projects that will have a real impact and meet locally identified need. Across the UK, woodlands, waterways, cycle bridges, parks, buildings, open public spaces - projects that enhance the natural and built environments - are set to benefit.

This £140 million programme will support large-scale capital projects through two distinct streams of funding. As well as a single grant of between £25 and £50 million, the Big Lottery Fund will also award a small number of grants of between £10 million and £25 million each to transformational projects in the UK.

Projects shortlisted for Living Landmarks: The People’s Millions:

ApplicantProjectLocationRegion
Nottinghamshire County CouncilSherwood Forest: The Living Legend ProjectSherwood Forest and surroundsEast Midlands
SustransConnect2 (people.places..pride..)Bristol-based, UK wideSouth West/UK Wide
The Board of Trustees of the Science MuseumInspiredSwindonSouth West
The Eden TrustThe EdgeSt Austell, CornwallSouth West
Somerset County Council (LEA)WATERLINKSSomersetSouth West
Black Country Consortium LimitedA Million People - The Black Country as an Urban ParkBlack CountryWest Midlands

Further information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of Hours Contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030
Textphone: 0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund rolls out close to £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours, which together with other Lottery distributors means that across the UK most people are within a few miles of a Lottery-funded project.
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004.
  • On 1 December 2006 the Big Lottery Fund was officially established by Parliament and at the same time assumed the residual responsibilities of the dissolved National Lottery Charities Board (Community Fund) the New Opportunities Fund, and the Millennium Commission. The Fund is building on the experience and best practice of the merged bodies to simplify funding in those areas where they overlap and to ensure Lottery funding provides the best possible value for money.
  • UK-wide, the Big Lottery Fund will distribute through its new programmes and allocations funding worth over £2.6bn between now and April 2009.  Regularly updated information on the Big lottery Fund’s new programmes is available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/publications.htm
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to Good Causes. As a result, over £19.5 billion has now been raised and more than 250,000 grants given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
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