Holland has covered hundreds of bus stops with plants to welcome honey bees and promote clean air
Honey bees are extremely important to our planet and to ecosystems everywhere. Honey bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops, and Holland has come up with a great strategy to promote the wellbeing of these bees while also improving air quality.
The roofs of hundreds of bus stops have been covered in plants to encourage visits from honey bees, by a city in the Netherlands.
The bus stop roofs are made up of sedum plants, and a total of 316 have been covered in this greenery.
The shelters not only support the city’s biodiversity, such as honey bees and bumblebees, but they also help 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.
They are just one of a number of measures Utrecht has introduced in a bid to improve air quality.
The city 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.
Utrecht also runs a scheme which allows residents to apply for funding to transform their own roofs into green roofs.