Westonbirt launches challenge app triggered by tree beacons

The Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt has launched TreeQuests, a smartphone app intended to help children and families get the most out of their visits.

Image: Forestry Commission
Image: Forestry Commission

The team at the Gloucestershire attraction hope to encourage visitors to explore the tree collection digitally through the app, which is activated by 50 trigger beacons fitted to some of the arboretum's 15,000 trees.

Launched last week, the free app allows users to create their own "quest" through all or parts of the arboretum, offering a number of interactive challenges along the route including building a bushcraft tower and working out the age of trees.

Learning and participation manager Ben Oliver said: It's a great way to use technology creatively to encourage families and young adults to discover our trees in a fun and interactive way.

"We hope they will take away a new fact or two from their visit and find new trees around our collection."

TreeQuests is available for iPhone and Android devices from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-app.

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