Active Travel Meets Living Landscapes

| By Nelson Intermediate School Envirogroup

Nelson Intermediate School Envirogroup planting project team share their story as they seek to create a community space…


New bike fleet delivery – biked to school by NIS students.

Nelson Intermediate School has undertaken many environmental projects so far this year and now thanks to the Bikes in Schools programme, Nelson City Council, and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, our latest project under construction is a new mountain bike track.

Envirogroup students pick up plants for the bike track.

The track extends for 500 metres around the playing field and adds to our school’s established passion for bikes, insuring all students will be able to develop skills and benefit from the many social and health impacts that result from biking regularly.

But this project is not just for our school and its whānau, it is also for the wider community to enjoy and benefit from it.

The Envirogroup are using this opportunity to landscape the area around the bike track to create a community space that is accessible to all members of the public and it is our hope that it will invite the community into our school.

Enjoying a bike blender smoothie on the launch day of the bike track initiative.

The area will also provide outdoor learning opportunities and reflect our school’s ‘Whaia te Aratika’ values, and create a nature corridor and habitat for our wildlife that connects with other areas including Brook Sanctuary and The Grampians.

See Bikes in Schools for more details about how your school can get involved.