These bee-friendly living roofs on the Leicester city bus stops is part of their goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030!
Everything from honey bee colonies to honey production is declining. Even as they walk down the street, the bees crawling on the sidewalks seem to look weaker and weaker as the days get warmer and pollution only increases. Air pollution, drought, pesticides and global warming are all contributing to the overall decline of bee populations around the world. To do something about it, city officials from Leicester, UK have installed green roofs on their bus stops, called Living Roofs or Bee Bus Stops, to attract pollinators like bees and make the city a little greener.
The bee roofs will cover thirty bus stops around the city of Leicester with a mix of wildflowers and sedum plants, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and honeybees. Designed as a form of climate resilience, the Bee Bus Stops will help bring more biodiversity to an otherwise decaying cityscape and absorb rainwater that falls on the roof to produce a natural, thriving garden on any roof. In cities around the world, concrete can become monotonous. By integrating natural gardens into the urban fabric, this monotony is broken with some greenery, birds and insects. The introduction of Bee Bus Stops in the city of Leicester will also help reduce the effects of urban heat islands by absorbing some of the heat during the summer months and collecting air pollutants in the process.
Built on a ten-year contract with Leicester City Council and Clear Channel UK, the Bee Bus Stops will feature solar panels once the city has the means to attach them to each bus stop for green energy and smart lighting. Adam Clarke, deputy mayor of Leicester, leads the city’s environmental and transport initiatives. On the city’s future goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, Clarke explains the potential of the Living Roofs to get them there,
“The new, modern shelters will be great for passengers and the mix of solar energy and living roofs is another step forward in our ambition to be a carbon neutral and climate-adapted city by 2030. The new shelters will also perfectly complement our work to deliver a new carbon neutral bus station in St Margaret’s.”
Designer: Leicester City Council
Thirty bus stops in the city of Leicester have glued wooden boxes to their roofs, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and honeybees.
Leicester’s Living Roofs mark the start of the city’s green initiative to become carbon neutral by 2030.