Netherlands city transforms bus stops into bee stops with plant-topped roofs

The roofs of more than 300 bus stops have been transformed into a plant haven for bees in the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Covered with mainly sedum plants, which are succulents that can help purify the air, the 316 bus stops are now attracting honey bees and bumblebees, as well as butterflies. The roofs will also capture fine dust and store rainwater.

The roofs are looked after by workers who drive around in electric vehicles, and the bus stops have all been fitted with energy-efficient LED lights and bamboo benches.

The initiative is part of a wider effort to help purify the air in the Netherlands, where bad air quality is one of the leading causes of diseases – second only to smoking.

Utrecht aims to introduce 55 new electric buses by the end of the year and have “completely clean public transport” by 2028. The electricity used to power the buses will come directly from Dutch windmills.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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