Youngsters leading the way with sign designs

A CYCLE pathway running along a former railway line has been brightened up using the ideas of young people from nearby schools.

Interpretation boards featuring maps, pictures and graphics have been installed along The Greenway, a new cycle route from The Ferrers Arts College in Higham Ferrers, to Crown Park industrial estate in Rushden, which opened in March 2011.

It provides a safe, off-road walking and cycle route accessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs and is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing car usage.  

Groundwork Northamptonshire co-ordinated a project working with students from The Ferrers Arts College, Rushden Community College and young people from Irthlingborough youth group to create ‘interpretation boards’ for The Greenway.

An interpretation board is a sign which informs people about the environment around them to increase understanding of the area.

Groundwork project officer Laura Long said: “Groundwork consulted young people to come up with ideas about what they would like the signs to look like, including content, photographs, graphics and colour schemes.

“We met the students and Cllr Sarah Peacock, a Greenway board member, during October and November to create the designs alongside Chris Wykes, the design and marketing officer from East Northamptonshire Council.

“The students opted for bold, attention-grabbing fonts with the caption ‘A journey for everyone to enjoy’ including images of the different types of users.

“The signs also include a map of the route, with photographs of the different areas.”

Four signposts have now been installed as well as the three interpretation boards at The Ferrers Arts College, Rushden High Street and Crown Park.     

The scheme was funded by Cory Environmental and Spire Home.