Oxford’s first Living Roof bus shelter has been installed in\nEast Oxford, as part of work to support biodiversity across the city and\nenhance local communities.
The Living Roof bus shelter - also known as a ‘Bee Bus\nStop’- is located on Morrell Avenue, is part of work to support native\nbiodiversity, and to help create healthier local communities. The location was\nselected by Oxford City Council and it was designed and installed by partner\nClear Channel, who will be maintaining it for the entirely of its life-span, at\nno cost to the tax-payer.
Oxford is the fifth city to install ‘Bee Bus Stops’,\nalongside Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton and Leicester. Clear Channel has made a\nfirst-of-its-kind commitment to installing 2000 ‘Bee Bus Stops’ to increase\nbiodiversity across UK cities by 2030, with the long-term aspiration to make\nthese the standard across Europe.
Will Ramage, Clear Channel’s Co-Managing Director, said:\n“It’s wonderful to see another of our ‘Bee Bus Stops’ being installed in\nOxford. Even in an already leafy and green city, our Living Roofs can bring\nreal, tangible benefits. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the most\nurban and densely populated corners of the city, where they would be valued\nmost.”
The Living Roof product has been assessed and verified in\nconjunction with The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, who’s independent third\nparty ecologists have afforded it the highest significance category under\nNatural England’s Biodiversity Metric 3.0 of “High strategic significance”, and\nwould make a significant contribution to delivering Biodiversity Net Gain.
Head over to our Living Roofs Page to find out more.
Pictured (left to right): Louise Stubbings (Partnership\nDirector, Clear Channel), Councillor Lubna Arshad, (Cabinet Member for Parks\nand Waste Reduction, Oxford City Council), Councillor Tom Hayes, (, Cabinet\nMember for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, Oxford City Council) Caspar\nMorris (Enforcement Team Leader, ODS) and Sophie Hearn (ODS, Head of\nInfrastructure ODS)
Improving biodiversity is also a key part of the Council’s\nwork to achieve a Zero Carbon Oxford by 2040 through the work of the Zero\nCarbon Oxford Partnership. In 2019 Oxford City Council unanimously declared a\nclimate emergency and provided for a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change.\nBiodiversity was a key theme considered by the Assembly. Assembly Members were\npositive about creating more biodiversity and green space around Oxford. They\nfound that protecting and enhancing biodiversity and “greening” the city was\nseen by Assembly Members as a key route to engagement with communities and\nindividuals.
Councillor Lubna Arshad, Cabinet Member for Parks and Waste\nReduction, said: “I am delighted that Oxford now has its first Living Roof bus\nshelter in East Oxford. Supporting local biodiversity and habitats can happen\non a large scale, or small, and these bus shelters are a clear example of\ncombining urban living with nature and local communities. I am looking forward\nto seeing shelter bloom in the coming months.”
The work to install the new bus shelter roof was funded and\norganised by ODS (Oxford Direct Services), as part of their work to support\nbiodiversity, and manage street furniture across the city.
Sophie Hearn, Head of Infrastructure, ODS, said: “ODS is\npleased to have been able to play a key role in delivering Oxford’s first\nliving roof bus shelter. We are proud to have played a part in enhancing the\nenvironment and to contributing toward a zero carbon Oxford. We look forward to\nseeing how the shelter copes through the seasons. This could be the start of\nsomething very good.”