Each one is\nplanted with a carefully selected mix of native wildflowers and sedum plants - ideal food sources\nand habitats for a wide variety of pollinating insects including solitary bees,\nhoverflies and butterflies, whose numbers have been in decline in recent years.
As well as\nbeing visually attractive, the Living Roofs also benefit the environment by\nabsorbing rainwater falling on the roof and help to overcome the ‘urban heat\nisland effect’. In addition, the sedum helps to filter particulates from the\nair.
Once complete,\nDerby will be home to the UK’s largest city network of living roof shelters,\nclearly demonstrating the Council’s commitment to create a cleaner, greener city. It is just one of many\nsteps being taken to help Derby respond to the climate emergency by cutting carbon\nemissions and improving biodiversity.
Where feasible,\nShelters not receiving living roofs will be installed with solar panels, which\nwill power low-energy smart lighting.
The move comes\nas Derby City Council awards a ten-year contract to Clear Channel UK to replace, manage and clean the city’s\nbus shelters.
Work to revamp\nand replace the shelters is due to begin in Spring 2022. Clear Channel will be\nworking with partners to ensure that all material from the old shelters is\nrecycled, upcycled, or otherwise avoids landfill.
Councillor Steve\nHassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation, Strategic Planning\nand Transport said, “The new\ncontract with Clear Channel will bring many benefits for residents and the\ncity.
“We’re pleased\nto be working with the team at Clear Channel to make public transport infrastructure\nin the city even more sustainable. It is vital that we do everything we can to\nmitigate the impact of climate change.”
Will Ramage,\nClear Channel’s Managing Director said, “We’re\noverjoyed to be working with Derby City Council to bring the greenest, cleanest\nand most sustainable bus shelters to the city for the residents and visitors of\nDerby.
“The Council has\nbig aspirations for making the city greener and more sustainable, and I’m\nreally glad our latest innovations can help achieve their environmental goals.”
Derby joins an ever growing list of towns and cities to install Living Roofs. including Leicester, Brighton, Oxford, Cardiff and Glasgow.
The Bee Bus Stops have been nominated for Nature and Biodiversity Project of the Year at the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Read more about Living Roofs.