The UK city of Leicester is working hard on installing a new network of bee bus stops. The network consists of 30 bus stops. They have been topped with a mix of wildflowers and sedum plants, a favorite among pollination insects whose numbers have been in decline in recent years. This is an effort to reduce the alarming rates in which the bee population is declining, and to become carbon neural by 2030.
Air pollution, drought, pesticides, and global warming all contribute to the overall decline in bee populations across the world. In order to stop that, city officials of Leicester, UK have installed green roofs on top of their bus stops. These roofs are called Living Roofs or Bee Bus Stops to attract pollinators like bees and to make the city a little greener.
Leicester deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke spoke up about this event saying that it’s great to see the first of Leicester’s new living roof bus shelters appearing across the city. “We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from people who are as excited as we are to see this bee and butterfly friendly revamp of bus shelters taking shape. But this is just one of many benefits of the citywide revamp of our bus shelters. The new, modern shelters will be great for passengers and the mix of solar power. And living roofs is another step forward for our ambition to be a carbon neutral and climate-adapted city by 2030. The new shelters will also be a perfect complement to our work to deliver a new, carbon neutral bus station at St. Margaret’s.”