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Virtual field trips to inspire the next generation of forest workers - Forestry England

The Forestry Commission is working with Google Expeditions to take schoolchildren on virtual tours of working forests.

Image: Forestry England
Image: Forestry England

The Commission, which celebrated its centenary in 2019, is using the immersive platform to inform the next generation about sustainable timber production, the importance of plant health and how woodlands are designed to create habitats for wildlife.

The free Expeditions were made using a 360 degree camera and can be viewed on mobile devices and tablets. Users can heighten their experience with a virtual reality (VR) headset.

Pupils will visit a tree nursery to find out which species could make up forests of the future. They will explore machines used in forestry, study woodland habitats and wildlife, and learn about the importance of trees in the face of the climate emergency.

Students will also hear from people working in the forest about a range of possible careers. They include forest planners, ecologists, arborists, tree health officers and machine operators.

Posted on: 14 January 2020

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