Year 6 pupils from Whitehills Primary School in Northampton enjoyed an afternoon of art and nature when they visited the Brampton Valley Way recently. The picturesque cycle route (National Cycle Network Route 6) meanders through wonderful rolling countryside and connects Market Harborough to Northampton.
The visit took place as part of the Greener Greenways initiative - our large scale plan to survey, protect and enhance biodiversity along some of the traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.
During their time on the Greenway, the gifted youngsters transformed a boring storage container into a colourful work of art to make it look more appealing - and it certainly does! They were joined by J of imageskool.com who helped them to embrace their creative side and show off their artisan skills.
Greenways are corridors of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation. They’re good for wildlife, helping to create ‘networks’ that allow wildlife to move, colonise new areas and adapt. This ensures ongoing biodiversity and a varied ecosystem.
Our Greener Greenways Project Officer Dr Sarah Bradbury said: “The Greenways are a great way of protecting biodiversity and wildlife but they’re great for people too! They belong to the whole community and we’re really keen for people of all ages to explore them. Spending time outdoors and taking part in open-air activities, from bird watching to dog walking, makes us feel better and improves our health. Green cycling and walking routes also play an important role in connecting people to each other.
We hold regular events and volunteer days on the Brampton Valley Way to improve the route for people and wildlife – and we need your help.