NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 18:33
Less stone and more green. This was central to the fourth edition of the NK Tegelwippen, in which 173 municipalities participated. In six months, they exchanged more than 4.5 million paving stones for grass, flowers and facade gardens, equivalent to about 82 football fields worth of greenery.
The big winner was Arnhem. Residents of the Gelderland city removed 461,850 tiles and even turned entire streets upside down. Just like Vlaardingen and Halderberge, the municipality also received a golden shovel for the most tiles removed per inhabitant.
With 4.3 tiles per inhabitant, Halderberge took the cake. The councilor is very proud:
A little more green and less stone in Halderberge: ‘Nice, isn’t it!’
The tournament is fun, but has a serious undertone. Some Dutch cities are about 70 percent built-up and paved. With the NK, the organization draws attention to a Netherlands with fewer tiles, which must therefore also become more climate-proof.
Tiles are bad for insects, which are important for the ecosystem. They also retain heat in hotter summers and hinder water drainage in wetter winters.
The NK Tegelwippen has returned annually since 2021 and this year almost half of all municipalities participated. That was a record.
The number of tiles removed also increased considerably. From 2.8 million in 2022 to 4.5 million this year.
Municipalities pulled out all the stops to get residents to seesaw:
Rapping councilor and seesaw for the NK Tegelwippen