Attempting to help bees thrive

Netherlands: City of Utrecht turns 316 bus stops into ‘bee stops’

The Dutch city of Utrecht has had a great idea to help bees thrive: turning bus stops into little bee havens. These ‘bee stops’ are basically just standard bus stops with grass and wildflowers on top to encourage pollination.

If our natural pollinators would be exterminated, it would cost £1.8bn a year to employ people to do the work of pollinators like bees in a country like the UK. This makes investing in them make sense.

The 316 bus stops also help to capture fine dust and store rainwater. As well as the green roofs, they are all fitted with energy-efficient LED lights and bamboo benches.

The ‘bee stops’ are cared for by a team of workers who drive around in electric vehicles. And if you want to build your own bee stop, the city also runs a scheme for residents to apply for funding to transform their own roofs. The bee stops aren’t the only great place for city bees to hang out.


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