Buzzing Bus Stops

The Dutch City Utrecht (located here) has just converted 316 of it’s bus stops into green roofed Beetopias.

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These mini gardens create buzzing environments for an array of insects. The Honey Bee is the world’s most important pollinator, unfortunately The Honey Bee and many other bee species are declining around the world due to human activities. The diversity and number of wild bee and honeybee species in Holland, the Dutch capital, has increased by 45% since the 2000s. With its new bus rooftops, Utrecht hopes to continue boost its bee population. Last year, the Dutch government also introduced a pollinator strategy called ‘Bed and breakfast for bees’ to revive bee, butterfly, and other insect populations.

“Pollination – the transfer of grains of pollen – is an essential step in the reproduction process for most food crops and plants. This process takes place as bees and other pollinator species, such as hoverflies and butterflies, move from plant to plant. Bees account for the lion’s share of all insect pollination. Pollination is necessary for more than 75% of our food crops, primarily vegetables and fruit, and for more than 85% of wild plants in the natural environment.”

These rooftop gardens have been referred to as ‘A gift to the bees’ quite an adorable sentiment and certainly one that promotes a healthy and sustainable relationship between us and the natural world.

Photo by Hollie Newman

Photo by Hollie Newman

On top of this plan to become more environmentally friendly, Utrecht is also planning to introduce 55 new electric buses, powered by windmill-generated electricity, and will only operate carbon dioxide-neutral buses by 2028!

This is certainly something I’d love to see in our local city of Newcastle!

Thanks for reading!