07/08/2015 - Are you app for a TreeQuest?

 

Calling all adventurers! Westonbirt Arboretum is inviting visitors to take part in a new digital quest around the internationally renowned site, which will help them to get closer to the tree collection in a different way with information at their fingertips.

The team at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum hope to encourage families and teenagers to explore the fantastic tree collection digitally through the launch of their new app, TreeQuests, which is activated by 50 trigger beacons that have been fitted to some of the arboretum’s 15,000 trees and connect to the app.

Launching during w/c 3 August, the free app enables adventurers to create their own quest through the Old Arboretum, dog friendly Silk Wood or for really committed explorers, the whole arboretum, offering a number of interactive challenges along the route.

Users can discover more about the fascinating world of trees at Westonbirt by customising their own adventures and following the clues, allowing them to explore the arboretum on or off paths – making the app accessible for everyone.

Once visitors have solved the clues and found the next tree on the trail, the trigger beacons will send out an alert and award a virtual silver medal. To win a gold medal, adventurers must complete a challenge, such as building a bushcraft tower, working out the age of trees and competing in photo challenges.

After completing the quest the app will create a virtual arboretum, where users will be rewarded with a wealth of knowledge about the trees they’ve tracked down.

Ben Oliver, Learning and Participation Manager at the National Arboretum, said:

“We’re really excited to launch TreeQuests, and looking forward to seeing adventurers scouring the arboretum to find the trail trees and win their virtual medals. 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. If you’re up for the challenge, then join us at Westonbirt and download our new app!”

TreeQuests will work on both iOS and Android devices, and operates without wifi once the app is downloaded onto a phone. Users simply turn on Bluetooth to start their app adventure.

Download TreeQuests for free from the App Store, Google Play and the Welcome Building at Westonbirt. To find out more, please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-app.
 

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