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The Peoples 50 Million Lottery Giveaway

It started as standing in a queue for twenty minutes on a Saturday, then it was on Wednesday too, then everyday of the week as gambling went from being bad to being good.

Picking up on our nation's obsession with standing in lines for inordinate amounts of time the National Lottery tempts us all with dreams of millions of pounds to splurge on fast cars, bubbly and ladies of negotiable affection.

But for their part they do make charitable contributions to worthy causes and in less than a week it will be up to the general public to decide on a worthwhile project which will encourage communities to rejuvenate their local environments.

Out of the 33 projects that were proposed, four have been chosen to battle it out for a whopping 50 million of funds, the idea being aptly called the Peoples 50 Million that is being run by the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with ITV. Skyscrapernews decided to take a closer look at the four finalists...

Connect2 is a UK-wide project that aims to improve local travel in 79 communities by creating new walking and cycling routes for the local journeys we all make every day. By building bridges over roads, rivers and railway lines the project hopes to not only make travelling by cycle, foot and wheelchairs greener but also safer and quicker for those that wish to reduce their carbon footprint or just enjoy a walk out and some fresh air. Around 6 million people will benefit from the project if it is chosen as the winner although quite what it is doing as a lottery project when it involves much needed transport infrastructure and big cost efficiency savings has yet to be explained.

The Edge is the next step for the Eden Project; essentially it will be the largest indoor oasis which will create a meeting point for people to discuss their ideas on improving their lives and environments not only for the immediate generations but for future generations too. Festivals will be planned where people can come and learn about new greener technologies but also share ideas and stories on how we can all contribute to change. Integrated into the new building will be water collection facilities as well as heat and power harvesting technologies in keeping with the projects core values.

Sherwood Forest has long been a Mecca for all who love to wear green tights and wear hoodies; unfortunately it has been vastly depleted through time and industrialisation. Home to a vast and sometimes rare array of fungi, bugs, bats and bunnies, organisers of this proposal would like to almost double the current size of the forest through recreation as well as add 250km network of walking, cycling and horse routes which will provide better access to the legendary home of Robin Hood and his tight wearing comrades. A Visitors centre named the Tree designed by Make is also included in the proposal which will educate visitors on the conservation and history of the forest.

Black Country Urban Park has a population of around 1 million people all eager to radically change the place where they live over the next 30 years to make it a better and more sustainable place to live, work, invest and frolic in. Known as "workshop to the world", its huge man made limestone caverns and its mass network of canals will be preserved as visitor attractions along with the pits and quarries which sprang up during the industrial revolution. An interpretation centre will also be opened to show how 400 million years of geology made the Black Country into the place it is now. A green bridge park will also feature linking 12 miles of cycle paths and walking with an RSPB reserve in the middle.

Chav central... we mean ITV will be in a suprisingly cultured move for them showing the results in December, and in the meantime you can register with their website. Voting at www.thepeoples50million.org.uk starts six days from now.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project
Connect2
Connect2
The Edge at Eden Project
The Edge at Eden Project
Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest