The Hague is again champion of NK Tegelwippen and thus wins the Golden Tile. in The Hague, no fewer than 200.178 tiles exchanged for plants. The Hague Green explains why this is so good.
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In the past seven months, in the 178 participating municipalities replaced more than 2.8 million tiles with green: a new record for the Dutch Championship Tegelwippen.
Make your own neighborhood greener
From mini-gardens to greened schoolyards and from refurbished parking lots to neighborhood projects; a lot of people rolled up their sleeves.
Building facade gardens
One of those tile wipers from The Hague is Paulien Hesselink from Esperantoplein, where the Golden Tile was awarded. The former municipal industrial site in the Energiekwartier was a parking and building site. The municipality turned it into a greener meeting place. The rest of the square will follow.
“We wanted more greenery in the area. Together with 25 neighbors we have built gable gardens along our houses”, says Paulien. Thanks to its facade garden action, 550 replace tiles with plants.
The Esperantoplein was a parking – and building site and is now a greened neighborhood meeting place. (Photo: Arno lammers)
And there are more many more examples. For example, a VvE at Van Merlestraat 2. tiles to create greenery in the old school yard; artist collective WXD4 saw tiles for plants in a former parking lot at Willem Dreespark and provided the collaboration of Tuincentrum Ockenburgh with Hoogheemraadschap Delfland and Duurzaam Den Haag 1.550 flipped tiles from 20 residents.
The municipality also contributed a lot. The majority of the tilted tiles of the NK Tegelwippen come from greening projects in public spaces such as squares, roads, verges and tram tracks. One of the squares that has been made green is the petrified Oltmansplein in Laak. There is 500 square meters more green added, good for 3.850 tiles.
“We have laid beautiful flower mats, trees have been given new ground so that they can grow better and ensure that rainwater can better enter the soil. The square looks more beautiful than it was and is used again by the adjacent school and parents with children”, says green manager: Michel Peyrer.