ForestXplorer iPhone app helps in the forest




The Forestry Commission in England has launched a new iphone app to help visitors identify and learn about trees found in local woodlands.

Already an award winning bit of software it also allows users to

  • download handy trail maps
  • learn about trees with an easy to use tree identifier.
  • search for sites by event or activity
  • find basic information such as opening times, things to do, directions and contact details for Forestry Commission Forest Parks.

The app also includes a photo gallery, and a UK common tree identifier with unique computer generated tree illustrations. This allows users to identify a tree using its bark, seed or leaf within just a few clicks.

Finding a mobile signal deep in the forest can be quite tricky. However, you can download pdf trail maps via GPS so that the app can still be used when exploring amongst the trees and out of phone signal range.

The tree identifier is completely unique and what makes it even better is that it’s also so simple to use!
Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said; “We are delighted to launch ForestXplorer as part of our celebrations surrounding the UN’s International Year of Forests.

“This is an absolutely fantastic and innovative tool which can not only help you find out information about your local Forestry Commission Forest Park but also helps you learn more about the trees around you.  The tree identifier is completely unique and what makes it even better is that it’s also so simple to use!”

Even before its launch, ForestXplorer has been awarded a prize from the Innovation and New Markets Project.

The app was funded by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills’ Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund and Forest Research.

Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/mobileapp or download the app from iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/forestxplorer/id428559042?mt=8

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