The first bus shelter in St Albans to be fitted with a planted ‘living roof’ will be blooming with an array of wildflowers in the spring thanks to the efforts of Liberal Democrat councillors Helen Campbell and John Hale.
The newly greened shelter is on Sandridge Road, close to the junction with Lancaster Road. This shelter was chosen thanks to the local Wilderhood Watch, which suggested it as an ideal location.
The councillors worked with the county council and bus shelter owner Clear Channel to identify a suitable bus shelter for planting with a special mix of wildflower and Sedum plants, which will help improve local biodiversity, support vital bee and insect populations, and fight climate change.
“I had originally hoped this pilot would be in my division of Colney Heath and Marshalswick, but it is understandably important for sustainability to pick shelters that are in need of some refurbishment anyway, before they are replaced to host these mini roof gardens,” said John, county councillor for Colney Heath and Marshalswick.
“Covid slowed down the project’s progress but it’s fantastic to finally see the first of these in St Albans. I hope there will be more to come.”
Helen Campbell, county councillor for St Albans North where the green bus shelter is located, added: “This is a wonderful feature to have on Sandridge Road. I’ve only seen the roof up close from the top of a step ladder in the winter so far, but I will be looking to see how these flowers and plants flourish as summer comes.”
John and Helen will continue to work with the county council, which owns a number of bus shelters in the city, as well as Clear Channel, to identify further opportunities to install green roofs in their respective county divisions.