Green roof on bus shelter Utrecht  – Source: ClearChannel  / Barbra Verbij

Green roofs can be an important factor for improving the living environment especially in sparse city centres and urban areas where greenery is lacking.  These areas are often left devoid of a flourishing wildlife.

Although green roofs are becoming more commonplace in cities, it is still a challenge to add more greenery where space is limited. A potentially clever use of space can be achieved through greening bus shelters and even bike stores.  A wonderful example of this is the Dutch city of Utrecht,  since June 2019 more than 300 bus shelters featured a sedum roof.

The Sedum plants that are used on green roofs are ideal for various weather conditions. The plants store water in their leaves, allowing them to survive well during long periods of drought. This is why a Sedum roof is a product that requires little maintenance.

Green roofs provide space for the development of biodiversity. They offer hiding and breeding places for birds, bees, butterflies and other insects. Adding a green roof to a bus shelter is a simple concept one which has evoked attention and positivity worldwide, as international media reported “bus stops” have been transformed to “bee stops”

Around the world it is widely recognised that people want to contribute to a healthy living environment, residentials and town planners alike are left enthusiastic about contributing towards a greener world.