Green Roots

Visually attractive green spaces have psychological benefits, enriching people's lives, whether viewed from the street or the top floor of a bus.

A map showing how the density of green space decreases towards the centre of London.

Planted bus shelters could add 10 hectares of green space to the centre of the city.

Green Roots would provide habitats for bees, butterflies and birds, incresing biodiversity.

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Green Roots

Planted bus shelters could add 10 hectares of green space to the capital

As you get closer to the centre of London, existing green space declines, while the density of bus routes increases. By incorporating living roofs into the design of bus stop shelters, Green Roots aims to put valuable green space back into the heart of the city.

New shelters could be built with extensive green roofs and existing shelters fitted with prefabricated systems. The roofs would capture rainwater, reducing drainage requirements and therefore help to prevent flooding.

Converting areas of heat-reflecting metal into heat-absorbing vegetation would also reduce the heat island effect, help mitigate climate change and reduce summer heat in the shelter itself.

Each local authority could collaborate on its own colour scheme and design for roofs in its area. This would create a feeling of individuality for each community and provide a helpful visual geography for the public.

Ross Minett estimates that covering all 18,000 bus shelters in the Greater London Authority with vegetation would create approximately 100,800m2 or 10 hectares of green space.




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