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Eco showcase centre to be built
Artist's impression of EPIC centre
It is hoped the centre will bring more visitors to the showground
An eco-friendly exhibition centre showcasing environmental technologies is to be built in Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society has secured 4m in grants to build the centre and is trying to raise a further 3m to complete the project.

The Epic centre is being built in the Lincolnshire Showground, near Lincoln and work should start in July.

It will act as a venue for green companies to demonstrate their latest ideas for fighting climate change.

'Living roof'

The building itself will also generate some of its own energy and will be a low-carbon centre.

It is hoped the new conference and exhibition centre will attract thousands more people to the showground site.

Project director Dr Nick Cheffins said: "Climate change affects us all - but we can all be part of the solution.

"To make a difference we must all rise to the challenge so that we and our children benefit."

The EPIC centre will feature a "living roof" made of succulent plants with thick fleshy leaves and stems and almost silent wind turbines.

It is hoped work on the centre will be finished by May 2008.


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