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21 Sep 2006

Television presenter John Craven will be at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, this weekend to help celebrate National Lottery funding that has changed communities throughout the country.

Saturday is National Lottery Day and Wakehurst is one of 13 centres across the country chosen to highlight what lottery money has paid for.

Wakehurst's Millennium Seed Bank, which is owned by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has received Lottery grants of more than 30million. It is the world's greatest collection of plant life with vaults holding 900 million seeds.
Seeds from nearly all UK flowering plant species are stored at temperatures of minus 20 degrees and work is continuing to collect seeds from a total of 24,000 species worldwide by 2010.

National Lottery Day spokesperson, Morag Wood, said: "The day is all about celebrating the impact of Lottery-funded projects in communities across the UK and recognising and celebrating the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

"Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Project is an outstanding example of how Lottery funding is continuing to create a new generation of exciting, educational and successful public attractions across the UK."

Last week John paid his first visit to the Seed Bank to help publicise National Lottery Day, which includes a series of family events at Wakehurst.

The former Newsround presenter said he was amazed to never have visited the centre before as its work represented everything that was held dear by Countryfile, the BBC current affairs programme which he now presents every Sunday morning.

"At the Seed Bank they have seeds from nearly every native species in the British Isles and the countryside of the British Isles and what is in it is what we are celebrating on Countryfile," he said.

John said the work of scientists at the Seed Bank was as important as when it opened in 2000 as two or three species were thought to be disappearing every day from the world's rainforests.

National Lottery Day will celebrate the 19 billion of Lottery funding incorporating 240,000 grants to community projects.

Events at Wakehurst under the title "Wild at Wakehurst" include the chance to meet scientists working at the Seed Bank, take part in a biodiversity trail, learn about exotic fruits and make fruit kebabs. There will also be story telling and a chance to win prizes. John will be there between 10.30am and 1pm.

TO mark the 15 million Lotto Superdraw this Saturday the Mid Sussex Times is giving Lotto lovers the chance to win a money tree kit, so they can grow a money tree.

One lucky reader will receive:

l One pair of gardening gloves
l 50 gardening centre voucher so you can buy a tree of your choice
l 100 Lucky Dip tickets for the 15 million Superdraw on Saturday without which no money tree would be complete!

And if you miss out on winning the money tree kit, you can always keep your fingers crossed for the Lotto Superdraw on Saturday 23 September. With a guaranteed 15 million jackpot available to win, that's a whole 'Lotto' reasons to celebrate National Lottery Day in real style a massive 15 million's worth, in fact.

The 15 million Lotto Superdraw is to mark National Lottery Day and to thank players for raising 19 billion for good causes over the last 12 years. National Lottery Day is a celebration of all the amazing things that have been achieved in communities all over the UK with the help of lottery funding. It is also a chance to say thank you for playing National Lottery games and recognise the difference you've made by giving something back through a range of unique family events around the nation.

For further information about what's happening on National Lottery
Day in our area, visit

To win your very own money tree kit, all you have to do is answer the question below correctly and send in your answer together with your name, telephone number and address to the Mid Sussex Times, 7-9 South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LE. Entrants must be over 16.

Entries must be recieved by the Mid Sussex Times no later than 4pm on Friday, September 22.

Question: How much is the guaranteed Lotto Superdraw jackpot worth on National Lottery Day?

Is it A: 5 million; B: 10 million; C: 15 million


1. This promotion is only open to residents of the UK and the Isle of Man aged 16 or over.
2. Entrants may be required to produce evidence of identity and age. No purchase necessary.
3. There is one prize available to win, comprising 100 1.00 Lotto Lucky Dip entries valid for the draw on Saturday 23 September 2006. No cash alternative is available. The prizes are for the winners and are non-assignable. Only one prize can be won per person.
4. The promoter accepts no liability for entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt.
5. The winners may be asked, but not required, to take part in publicity.
6. This promotion is not a game forming part of The National Lottery. Lotto is subject to the relevant National Lottery Games Rules and Procedures.
7. Employees of Camelot Group plc and The Mid Sussex Times and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
8. The prizes are funded by Camelot Group plc.
9. National Lottery logos are used with the consent of Camelot Group plc, which is the exclusive licensee of the logos, which are owned by the National Lottery Commission.
10. The promoter is Mid Sussex Times, 7-9 South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LE.

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