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					Marketing Unit Thomson Habitats Surrey Technology Centre 40 Occam Road Guildford Surrey GU2 7YG MEDIA RELEASE Tel: 01483 688049 Fax:01483 303182 E-mail:enquiries@thomsonhabitats.com PR 012 For immediate Release WILD KIDS HELP WITH WILDLIFE! Thomson Habitats is to launch an innovative scheme for students from Surrey’s Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) at the official launch of the company in Guildford on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007 at 12.00 hours (noon). 10 September 2007

These students will compete to design a garden or wild space that helps promote biodiversity within their school grounds. The entries to the competition will be judged by award winning landscape designer, Cleve West, along with directors from Thomson Habitats and Thomson Ecology. The winning school will receive a prize of £500 to help turn their design into reality.

Pupil Referral Units provide short-term alternative education for children that have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools. The idea behind the competition is to offer pupils the chance to apply themselves creatively and constructively outside of the school curriculum.

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Phil Watkins, Managing Director of Thomson Habitats said: “The idea came from one of our directors who has many years’ experience with PRUs, and who understands some of the challenges these children face in life. He felt that getting the kids to think about saving endangered species would be good fun as well as a worthwhile project to really get stuck into – following in the footsteps of the renowned David Attenborough”.

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Thomson Habitats will officially be launched at the Surrey Research Park in Guildford on the 3rd October 2007 at 12.00 hours (noon) (see Press Release 011 sent on 3 September 2007). It was formed to complement its sister company Thomson Ecology. The latter has established itself as a well renowned and respected ecological consultancy that offers professional ecological services and is sensitive to legislative requirements, ecological subtleties and the needs of clients. Thomson Habitats designs, creates and restores habitats for wildlife. This includes creating hibernacula for reptiles, ponds for great crested newts, replanting trees and hedgerows, developing wetland areas following civil engineering work and dealing with invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed or giant hogweed.

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Thomson Ecology together with Thomson Habitats can now offer a one-stop shop for ecology and ecological contracting works at a time when the topic is high on the agenda in world affairs. Staff from both companies will be on hand at the launch on the 3 rd October to answer any questions on the work they do. Invitations to the press will be sent out shortly.

Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) are set up to provide education for pupils who have special educational needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties. PRUs seek to offer a balanced and broad based curriculum which promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Younger pupils aim to go back to mainstream schools and the older ones sit GCSEs. Despite what has sometimes been alleged, PRUs have been successful more often than not and the pupils get a new start in life.

Cleve West has built a reputation for producing some truly innovative garden landscapes. He won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Silver-Gilt medal as well as the George Cooke Award for innovation at the Hampton Court Flower Show 1994. Subsequently he has won three RHS Gold Medals at Hampton Court (1996, 1997, 1998) a Silver-Gilt Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2001 for Merrill Lynch and a Gold Medal for Saga Insurance at Chelsea 2006. Cleve is a member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD) and has judged for the RHS at both the Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower

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shows. He is a regular contributor on television, garden journals and he also writes a weekly column for The Independent Magazine.

For further information please contact: Libby Crew, Marketing Manager, Thomson Habitats Ltd by telephone on 01483 688049, by fax: on 01483 303182 or email: enquiries@thomsonhabitats.com

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