Five ‘living roof’ bus shelters will be introduced in Chorley to boost the borough’s biodiversity and contribute towards climate resistance.

The Living Rooves transform the roofs of the shelters into a living garden, featuring native wildflower and sedum plants, which provide green habitats for bees and other pollinators.

The bus shelter installations form part of the five-year Chorley Council programme to replace 80 bus shelters across the borough to improve the look and feel of public areas and to make public transport more accessible.

Lancashire Telegraph: Chorley Council is to install five 'living roof' bus sheltersChorley Council is to install five 'living roof' bus shelters (Image: Chorley Council)

The council also recently acquired Chorley bus station and have a raft of improvements planned to further enhance public transport across the borough and to encourage more sustainable travel.

The shelters are provided in addition to Clear Channel UK’s existing maintenance program for the bus stops, at no extra cost to the council.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, executive cabinet member for customer, streetscene and environment said, “The living roof shelters are the icing on the cake to what is already a brilliant scheme to replace bus shelters, and at no additional cost to the council, I’m so pleased we can work with Clear Channel UK to introduce the innovative shelters to the borough.

“We are dedicated to working towards Net Zero by 2030 and the living roof shelters will provide rich habitats to bees and wildlife which supports our overall climate.

"Already the living roof shelters are starting to be installed and no doubt by the summer months they will be looking bloomin’ marvellous!”

Lancashire Telegraph: The council wants to install up to 80 of the sheltersThe council wants to install up to 80 of the shelters (Image: Chorley Council)

Will Ramage, Clear Channel’s managing director said, “We’re happy to see our partnership with Chorley Council evolve to include our Living Roofs.

“These shelters represent our commitment to sustainable urban development, providing vibrant habitats for bees and other pollinators while improving the overall look and feel of public areas.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impact these shelters will have on the community and the environment."

The five Living Roofs are set to be in place by the end of the summer. The wider programme to replace around 80 bus shelters across the borough is ongoing.