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Schools urged to order free maps now!

Ordnance Survey is urging schools to place their orders for free maps before this year’s offer closes on 15 October 2010.

Over 8,000 schools across Scotland, England and Wales are able to order a free  OS Explorer Map for the 11‑year-olds in their schools as well as some extra copies for teachers.

The free maps scheme has been running for nine years and has seen the national mapping agency give away over 6 million maps in that time. Children can use their free map in the classroom to support the national curriculum and then take them home to use with their families.

This year the closing deadline has been brought forward to 15 October to allow the maps to be distributed before Ordnance Survey move to their new head office building on the outskirts of Southampton.

Schools were invited to place their order at the start of term, but Ordnance Survey staff are keen to make sure nobody misses out.

Elaine Owen, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Ordnance Survey, said:

“It is a huge logistical undertaking to deliver over half a million maps each year and we want to make sure that we can do it before we pack up our warehouse. We are keen to make sure that schools don’t miss out and would ask them to place their order as soon as possible.”

A list showing the numbers of schools in each area yet to order is available: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/media/news/2010/sept/schools-yet-to-order-free-maps.html.

Notes to editors: 

1. Ordnance Survey is Great Britain’s national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals.

2. To download this news release visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/media. There you can also subscribe to our RSS feed. 

3. Ordnance Survey, the OS Symbol, Explorer and OS are registered trademarks of Ordnance Survey.

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