Doing your bit for a green world

Get in on the action: take out the tile, plant in, says the press release I received. I read on and discover that this is about a redemption campaign by Intratuin. I find this so playful, and doing our bit for a green world is something I think we all want to participate in.

Redemption action

Everyone can easily contribute to a greener environment and a greener world: take out the tile, put in the plant! This not only gives gardens more atmosphere, but also makes them more resistant to the effects of climate change, for example. To help you on your way, garden association Growth is organizing & Bloom and Intratuin together with the exchange campaign ‘Tile out, plant in!’. So on Saturday, March 23, hand in a tile from your own garden and receive two garden plants as a gift to green up the empty space. People who think they have no green thumb also get simple tips so that their own garden will grow and bloom in no time!

The annual redemption campaign of Growth & Bloei has been held since 2015 and there are already over 12.000 garden tiles replaced by living greenery.

Free garden plants

So green fingers or not, you too can make the world a little greener. Come on Saturday, March 23, 2019 between 10.00 and 15.00 hours with a garden tile to an Intratuin store. There are volunteers from Growth & Bloom ready to receive the tile.

You then receive two free garden plants of your choice and practical advice on how to green your own garden. Your choices include lady’s mantle (Alchemilla), vervain (Verbena), anemones and sunflower (Echinacea). By the way, it is not the intention to turn in all unnecessary bricks and tiles; maximum 1 tile per person.

For a list of drop-off points, visit www.growth.en.

A green world

Garden Association Growth & Bloom recommends planting at least 60% of the garden with greenery.

  • Less tiles means less flooding. Rainwater can drain better into the soil and the sewer system is less likely to be overloaded.
  • Heat lingers longer over a tiled garden. Replacing tiles with plants instantly reduces heat in the garden.
  • More greenery in the garden improves biodiversity, which is also better for birds, bees, butterflies and other insects.

Participating Intratuin stores:

Almelo, Almere, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Barneveld, Bredevoort, Cruquius, Deventer, Drachten, Duiven, Elst (GLD), Emmeloord, Emmen, Enschede, Geleen, ‘s-Gravenzande, Halsteren, Heerhugowaard, Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Hilversum, Hoorn, IJsselstein, Koudekerke, Leeuwarden, Leidsche Rijn, Lelystad, Lochem, Maastricht, Malden, Meppel, Nijkerk, Nuenen, Numansdorp, Pijnacker, Rhoon, Rosmalen, Sliedrecht, Ter Aar, Tilburg, Utrecht, Veghel, Venray, Voorschoten, Weert, Winschoten, Zoetermeer, Zuidplas and Zwolle.

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