Can’t see the wood for the trees? Then a new iPhone app helping outdoor fans to explore Kielder Water & Forest Park is just the ticket.
Trail maps, photo-galleries, opening times and a tool to help you identify trees in the 62,000 hectare wilderness are included in an award winning ForestXplorer app from the Forestry Commission, now available free from iTunes.
You can also download trail maps via GPS so that the app can still be used when out of phone signal range and search for events such as osprey watches, mountain bike competitions and bat nights.
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 unique and what makes it even better is that it’s also so simple to use!”
Kielder attracts over 300,000 people each year and is a major mountain biking and walking centre and popular with wildlife watchers.
If you plan to wander further afield you can also find vital information on 36 other Forestry Commission woods in England.
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 free from iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/forestxplorer/id428559042?mt=8