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TRAIL maps, tree identification details and locations of woodlands such as Abbots Wood, Friston Forest and Bedgebury National Pinetum can now been downloaded onto a new, free iPhone app.

The award-winning Forestry Commission app helps visitors search for sites, events, activities, find basic information such as opening times and contact details for Commission forest parks. Users can also identify a tree using its bark, seed or leaf with just a few clicks. They can download pdf trail maps via GPS so the app can still be used when exploring among trees and out of phone signal range

Commission chairman Pam Warhurst said: “We are delighted to launch ForestXplorer as part of our celebrations for the UN’s International Year of Forests. This is a fantastic and innovative tool which not only helps you get information about your local 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.”

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.

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