Ordnance Survey has made it a Christmas to remember for 7 year-old India Gandy of High Wycombe, and her family, after her map of Santa’s home town won a trip for them to meet Santa in Lapland. Britain’s mapping agency ran a national competition inviting children under 12 to create a map of where Santa lived, and India’s map was chosen out of hundreds as best.
India with her winning map and classmates
Jim Goldsmith, Ordnance Survey cartography manager, says about the decision: “We pride ourselves on our accuracy and attention to detail, which is why it was pleasing to us to see the next generation of map makers share these same high standards and interest in geography. There were many fantastically inventive and imaginative maps to choose from, even ones made in the Minecraft game worlds.
“It was a tough choice for my fellow judges and I, but we were really impressed by India’s correct use of a map legend and north arrow, and her inclusion of the northern lights. That really stood out. We could see India went the extra mile, so we thought we should as well, by surprising her and her Tyler Green Middle School classmates with goodies from the Ordnance Survey shop to help continue their interest in maps and geography.”
As well as being given a gift by Santa in person, India and her family will have a fun packed experience in Lapland, which includes what it must feel like to be Santa on Christmas Eve, as they get to sit in a sleigh pulled by Santa’s reindeers.
India says: “I’m most excited about riding in the husky sledge and meeting Santa.”
India's classmates with their OS Explorer Maps
Mrs Griffin, class teacher at Tylers Green Middle School, added: “We’ve been learning about doing plans and maps already, and created maps for the school and how it fits in the surrounding area.”
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