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Utrecht in Holland has covered hundreds of bus stops with plants to support the decline of the honey bee

7 August 2020

It's the small ideas that have the biggest impact, this week I learnt about an environmental initiative that has taken place in Utrecht, Holland.

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The city has decided to improve its air quality and support their biodiversity by planting sedum plants on the roofs of 316 bus stops.

Making the most of these small green spaces will have a huge impact on their city. As well as encouraging pollination, the shelters will now also store rainwater and most importantly should help increase the dwindling numbers of bumblebees and honey bees.

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Even more impressive is the attention to detail when it comes to maintaining these biodiversities. The shelters are looked after by workers who use electric vehicles to get around and the stops have been fitted with LED lights as well as bamboo benches.

With a vision of operating CO2 neutral buses by 2028, I think other cities could learn a thing or two from Utrecht and their dedication to a more sustainable environment.

If you want to try your hand at encouraging more biodiversity in your own back garden have a look at some seed options specifically designed to encourage more butterflies or bee populations.

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