Nature education goes high-tech

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  • Monday, 08 Jun 2015

Easy access: Mohamed Akbar using his smartphone to search for information using a QR code. With him are Han Chiang College vice-principal Dr Beh Kok Hooi (right) and MBPP social services department director Rashidah Jalaludin at the Penang Graffiti Park.

THE Penang Municipal Park will be turned into an education park next year and the public can interact with nature through their smartphones.

Penang Island City Council corporate division director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha said they planned to have ‘tree trails in the park’.

“This way, not only visitors come for recreational purposes, they can also learn about them via the Quick Response (QR) codes.

“With a code reader installed in their smartphones, the public can learn about the species, age, and other details of a tree.

“We plan to identify the big trees including the endangered, native and rare ones.

“The identification and analysis will be done by qualified arborists,” Mohamed Akbar told reporters after opening the graffiti painting programme at Penang Graffiti Park in Penang Municipal Park on Saturday.

Mohamed Akbar said it was estimated that the park had more than 100 trees with some between 50 and 70 years old.

“We have installed about 20 signboards in several areas including the chil-dren’s playground, the Graffiti Park and the Skate Park,” he said.

Mohamed Akbar added that the council was also planning to put up more benches and outdoor fitness equipment as well as plant more trees at the park.

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