Name that tree: new app offers assistance to budding botanists

5th Jul 2013

Milton Keynes’ amazing trees have been showcased in a new iPad app created by a volunteer for The Parks Trust.

The content for the app, called Tree Guide UK, was produced in Milton Keynes by ecologist Dr Alan Birkett. The app contains comprehensive and fully illustrated information on 111 trees commonly seen in rural and urban areas of the UK and shows you how to identify them. It is available to download now from the App Store and costs £5.49.

Alan said: “The Tree Guide UK app and website couldn’t have been done as easily anywhere else because I needed close-up access to lots of trees. I took about 2400 photos over a three year period in and around Milton Keynes and I took them at all times of the year. I cycled many miles along redways and walked through parks, woods and along river valleys to get the photos and record the tree locations.”

Rob Riekie, Head of Operations at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re very pleased that Alan’s hard work has come to fruition and were happy to support him by giving him information about where he could find suitable trees in our 5,000 acres of parks and green spaces. We hope this useful app and website will be a great success for him.”

Alan’s app was produced by Exciting Space, and is the first in their Explorer Field Guide series of smartphone and tablet apps designed to help people discover the world around them.



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