Sunflowers amongst the housing blocks

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Areas lying unused in the Rotterdam sub-municipality of Hoogvliet will be transformed into Mediterranean fields this summer. Sunflowers and maize fields will be sprouting in between the blocks of housing.

16 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Areas lying unused in the Rotterdam sub-municipality of Hoogvliet will be transformed into Mediterranean fields this summer. Sunflowers and maize fields will be sprouting in between the blocks of housing.

All residents will be invited to help tend the crops and share in the harvest.

Ton Matton, urban civil engineer and artist, is organising the project with an eye on climate change. The University of Wageningen and housing corporation Woonbron will be cooperating with the project.

Matton said on Monday that he hopes people will become more "self sufficient," for instance by keeping their own chickens and growing their own vegetables.

Wim Timmermans of the University of Wageningen says the experiment in Rotterdam also has a cultural aspect. People of ethnic background more frequently keep allotments to grow their own food.

Matton also wants to look into what crops can be grown in the city with the changing climate.

The project will be launched on 16 May.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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