Schoolkids lend a hand to help bike track flourish

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Arnakah Ryland-Annabell and Mikayla Taiaroa helping out at the community bike track. Photo/Bevan Conley

By Anne-Marie McDonald

It was cold, it was windy, but that wasn't enough to deter local students from lending a hand at the community bike park.

On Friday, students from Whanganui Intermediate School and St Anne's School helped plant nearly 600 native plants on the hills and paths surrounding the bike track.

Organiser Jody Brunger said she wanted to get local children involved in helping with the track, which is located next to the Splash Centre at Springvale Park, London St.

"The plants will make the track look nicer - but they also have the more important function of maintaining the shape of the track," Ms Brunger said.

The plants were donated from Parnell's Garden Centre, Springvale Garden Centre, Whanganui District Council and Whanganui Prison.

Ms Brunger said the bike track was a community project and it was heartening to see so much community involvement in its development.

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Julia Murray from Shelterview Jetsprints had planned the garden; and there had also been assistance from Mitre10 Mega, Doug Rennie from The Bike Shed, Wanganui Mountainbike Club and Glen Bullock from Bullocks.

Ms Brunger said all the plants were planted on Friday, and on Saturday a working bee will be held at the track to do things like put shade sails up, and other small maintenance jobs.

Everyone is welcome to help out at the working bee.

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