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A village has unveiled a new bee-friendly bus shelter - which has left residents buzzing.

The green roofs support biodiversity and also capture fine dust particles and pollutants from the air, store rainwater and regulate temperature.

The green roofs support biodiversity and also capture fine dust particles and pollutants from the air, store rainwater and regulate temperature. Picture: Wingham Parish Council
The green roofs support biodiversity and also capture fine dust particles and pollutants from the air, store rainwater and regulate temperature. Picture: Wingham Parish Council

Wingham Parish Council say they are delighted with the bee-friendly living roof bus shelter in the village's high street - which was supplied by Externiture.

The authority's chairman, Cllr Sharon Addis, said: "We are really pleased that our efforts to secure grant funding from Kent County Council towards the cost of this new shelter were successful.

"School children and residents using this busy bus stop to Canterbury can be sheltered from the elements with local wildlife benefitting at the same time."

Having carried out all necessary checks with Stagecoach, Dover District Council, KCC Highways and resident consultations, the parish council applied for match grant funding in early August.

They were successful in securing the maximum KCC grant for bee-friendly shelters of £4,000 with the parish council covering the remaining cost of more than £2,000.

The new bee-friendly bus shelter in Wingham. Picture: Wingham Parish Council
The new bee-friendly bus shelter in Wingham. Picture: Wingham Parish Council

Externiture were given the contract to supply the shelter which was installed on January 31.

The firm's operations director Karen Stagg said: "Green roof shelters support biodiversity and also capture fine dust particles and pollutants from the air, store rainwater and regulate temperature.

"Adding plants in urban spaces has plenty of other benefits including reducing noise pollution, reducing stress, beautifying the village, absorbing carbon and improving air quality."

The village follows High Parish Council after it secured funding for a similar scheme in 2020 on the bus route along the A226 Gravesend Road near Forge Lane, which runs between Gravesham and Strood.

It was revealed at the time Kent will join the "leading" pack of local authorities to promote this eco-friendly initiative.

The new bee-friendly bus shelter in Wingham. Picture: Wingham Parish Council
The new bee-friendly bus shelter in Wingham. Picture: Wingham Parish Council

KCC’s cabinet member for environment, Susan Carey, said: "I am really pleased that KCC has been able to fund some of the cost of this bee-friendly shelter in the High Street through the parish bus shelter grant scheme.

"I hope this encourages people to look at their own areas to see how they can benefit nature."

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