Forest Xplorer

Forest Xplorer Free App

Rated 2.95/5 (60) —  Free Android application by Forestry Commission

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About Forest Xplorer

Your guide to events, facilities, directions, maps and opening times at your local Forestry Commission England woodland.

It comes with a handy UK common tree identifier too, great for nature detectives! Use the app to plan your next visit to the forest, and get your forest photos featured in the app by using your forest's Instagram hashtag.

List of features:
* Navigate to your closest wood or forest
* Get the scoop on local forest events
* View maps and trail grading information in-app
* NEW! Download your favourite forests and access them offline
* Discover the trees around you with the UK common tree identifier
* View and contribute to the Instagram gallery for each forest
* Find luxury Forest Holiday cabins or Camping in the Forest sites near you
* Stay in touch with what's happening with Forestry Commission Facebook and Twitter feeds

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Download and install Forest Xplorer version Varies with device on your Android device!
Downloaded 10,000+ times, content rating: Everyone
Android package: com.flatrocktech.forestryxplorer, download Forest Xplorer.apk

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App History & Updates

What's Changed
Version 1.6
- Stability improvements
More downloads  Forest Xplorer reached 10 000 - 50 000 downloads

What are users saying about Forest Xplorer

E70%
by E####:

The app developer should be sacked. Did they try to use it on your average phone? It could be so good but the poor execution of the app means it's long and tedious to use. The Forestry commission could have spent the money better elsewhere. I'm rather disgusted my taxes are being used in producing such a poorly executed program. Heads should role.

N70%
by N####:

Very hard to use and many forests not covered with trails. The idea is brilliant but execution very poor. It needs much improvements to make it useful.

H70%
by H####:

Great idea, very very poorly executed. It's still simpler to use the website from my phone than the app.

K70%
by K####:

Irritating. I use the map to zoom in to an area where I am to visit. There are several forests shown. I pick one, download for off-line use, then go back. Instead of the zoomed area (which flashes briefly), it takes me to the UK overview map, so I have to zoom in all over again.

O70%
by O####:

Map is completely useless. Just a blob of symbols that don't respond well to being enlarged

X70%
by X####:

Could have been so much better ..

P70%
by P####:

A really good idea. Having checked out entries for my local area they all seem sound. However the app could benefit from a search option, so you can check out what's around when you are visiting an unfamiliar area. That would make it very useful.

M70%
by M####:

It's a nice little app, but could do with a tweak to the map display (resetting to all of the UK each time you go back isn't entirely helpful) and some of the forests are listed in the wrong place. I was deeply saddened when it turned out Paradise Bottom was actually near Bristol and not Farington Gurney.

B70%
by B####:

A good idea with lots of useful info but the actual app needs improving. A postcode/GPS search for forests in local area is a must and as someone else mentioned the map resets to the whole country after you've looked at the details for a particular forest meaning you have to locate your local area again.

Q70%
by Q####:

Not much in Yorkshire but found a wood nearby which I'll explore as I'm new to the area. App is very slow to load, ironically Commission is misspelled on the loading screen :)

G70%
by G####:

Disappointing and immature app. - needs further development and bug fixing. Maps not available for every wood. App kept getting stuck in a loop around 'no events' - I couldn't get rid of the pop-up! Irritating.

S70%
by S####:

It's pretty good, a very good idea in fact, but it just needs a search function rather than scrolling endlessly down the list of forests and a full screen map option too. OK, useful, but needs work still.

L70%
by L####:

Been thinking for ages how good it would be to have a tree ID app and now there is one!

T70%
by T####:

Handy but would be nice to filter forests that have your interest (running/cycling trails) also filter by grades would be great.

I70%
by I####:

Great idea.. but not much on tree database really.. first tree I search for in a local park and it's not here..

U70%
by U####:

Great app and good idea. However I live in Northern Ireland so didn't help me much except for when I'm holidaying. Otherwise great.

V70%
by V####:

Good idea. Thanks!

C70%
by C####:

This latest version now requires some ominous permissions, far beyond what it needs to do it's job. As no explanation has been given as to why it requires these I'm uninstalling it.

H70%
by H####:

This was good until the last few updates that requires the app access to indentity,call records, microphone,camera and basically everything. Why ?

B70%
by B####:

A good idea but completely pointless as most of the options are greyed out. For example you choose a forest to walk in and download the forest expecting to see trails etc but no all greyed out, forest after forest. Even the New Forest! So pointless waste of space deleting.

Q70%
by Q####:

A good idea but so cumbersome and jittery on an average tablet. There was no search. Map very hard to use. Half the screen is covered by the list. Can't find wood names if you don't know the names. Map keeps defaulting to whole country. When found, the info is too small to see and all a bit vague. Needs a lot of work to drill down to relevant info eg car parks facilities and alternative routes etc. Info panels are too small to read. More work and it could be good. Thank you!

L70%
by L####:

Hello, where are the forests in Scotland?

Y70%
by Y####:

I was hoping to use this for homeschooling when my little lady gets older. However not one single forest has been added in Brentwood and we have lots of wooded areas to explore. It's a shame because this would have been handy to teach her all about nature... Seems I will have to look elsewhere.

F70%
by F####:

Is missing many forest commission locations. I.e. hopton woods is but 1 example. You can't search anything either. I.e. locations with cafe, toilets,disabled facilities, bike trails. You have to look indivually at everyone to see if it suitable. Pointless just use Google and the sites and facilities are more accurate.

C70%
by C####:

meant for the UK only. the development team must've not believed they could become a big app so they only did thier local region. if you live in the UK it could be a very useful map. anywhere else, like the US, don't bother.

E70%
by E####:

Good start but viewing trail guides is akward....would be useful to have the option of downloading them as many sites have no phone coverage. Also would be nice to view woodlands as well as forest areas.

N70%
by N####:

Places like macclesfield forest aren't on their but good work so far anyway.

H70%
by H####:

Not as good as the old version. As you could press locate tab and would take u to google maps and plan your route, but does not work on the new version

K70%
by K####:

Why is Swithland Woods Leicestershire not listed? It has large oak forest going back hundreds of years with much to interest visitors.

O70%
by O####:

Maybe it's early days for the app but some very common trees aren't listed. Birch and willow to name just two. Perhaps the app should also state England only to stop people in other countries downloading it only to find they aren't covered.

X70%
by X####:

Doesnt show even half of the forestry commision woodlands,hardly any of the ones where i live like rowberrow for example are on it,maybe before you build an app,know what woodland you own,very easy to do surely.

P70%
by P####:

It's OK but unable to register on first page, always tells me my email is invalid.

M70%
by M####:

Has the places I go so is handy for quick trail plans. Would be excellent to have some kind of interactive mapping.

B70%
by B####:

Downloaded as the website suggested the app would give me a trail map for Wareham forest. Wareham forest not on app, unistalled.

Q70%
by Q####:

Does not give any useful information for Forest of Dean. Does not show cycle tracks etc

G70%
by G####:

Good idea but dosent work properly needs a lot of development

S70%
by S####:

Excellent app,

L70%
by L####:

Installed on recommendation by forest holidays as it would contain info on the forest I was visiting. Provided no details for Scottish lodge locations. Uninstalled.

T70%
by T####:

What no forests in Scotland? More information needed.

I70%
by I####:

Hello, where are the forests in Scotland?


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